Slackware hackery


Fed up with that crazy horizontal scrolling you get on the command line? Yearning for proper, wrapping text instead?

sudo cp -b -S.dist /etc/termcap-BSD /etc/termcap

Simple and effective.


Sendmail configuration is the ne plus ultra of the dark arts. However, Slackware has one or two little tricks to catch those foolish/confident enough to try. Top of the list is that the aliases file resides in /etc/mail and not one level above as in other distros. Here be dragons.

Also, the statistics file isn't enabled by default so you will need to add

O StatusFile=/etc/mail/statistics

to and restart if you want to log the stats. The specified file should already exist.


Slackware uses dcron which is smaller than the crons used by other dists (vixie, cronie, chrony, etc.) but still fairly full-featured. There are some caveats, though.


The batch limits need to be tweaked for any system with more than one core. Edit /etc/rc.d/rc.M and set the load limit to something appropriate. eg. for a 4-core system:

/usr/sbin/atd -b 15 -l 3.8

Sometimes the ownership of the files and dirs used by at gets a bit messed up. A full fix appears to be (as root):

slackpkg reinstall at
chown daemon:daemon /var/spool/at* /var/spool/atjobs/.SEQ
chgrp daemon /etc/at.deny


amavisd-new is available as a slackbuild but there are a couple of problems with the documentation.