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About Software in Puppy

Official software packages are available via the Puppy Package Manager:
  • using the start menu: Menu > Setup > Puppy Package Manager
  • using the command-line interface:
There are two main software package types, identified by their file extension:
  • .pet (intended for all full and frugal Puppy installations)
  • .sfs (intended for all frugal or LiveDVD installations)
Other software package types:
  • .tar.xz or .txz (intended for all full and frugal Puppy installations)
  • .pup (obsolete; superseded by .pet)

Software installation

Pre-requisite packages
Ensure that the latest available versions of the following packages are installed: bzip2, curl, dosfstools, e2fsprogs, grep, ntfs3g, tar, wget, xz

Partition space
Since the installation of any software package involves occupying partition space, the installation will fail if there is not sufficient, free space on the target installation partition. Sometimes installing PET and TXZ packages to frugal Puppy installations requires the amount of free space inside the personal storage file to be at least 3 times the size of the package.

Download location
One needs to know to which location a software package has been downloaded to. If a Web browser is used for downloading, then it would need to be manually configured to the user's preference.

Installing PET software packages
Acquire (download) the relevant PET software package then, after downloading has finished, single-left-click on it, e.g. pidgin, wine

To reverse the process, i.e. to un-install PET software packages, go to the un-installing page.

Installing PET packages within frugal Puppy installations
Installing PET packages within full Puppy installations
No personal storage save files are involved. Download a PET software package; then single-left-click on it for automatic installation.

Installing TXZ software packages
Download and install the software package file anywhere, and outside any personal save file, e.g. libreoffice, opera, seamonkey, thunderbird

Installing SFS software packages

Software Repositories
Software package names that contain a suffix denote the environment in which the package was compiled (built). This provides some indication of whether or not a certain package is compatible with one's operating system. One will not know of compatibility for sure unless the installation is actually attempted, so always have a back up of the current system before installing any package.
  • w (w5) - compiled within Wary
  • q (q1) - compiled within Quirky
  • p4 - compiled within Puppy 4
  • d - packaged from Debian distribution binaries
  • s - packaged from Slackware distribution binaries
  • u - packaged from Ubuntu distribution binaries
  • no suffix - packaged from software maintainer binaries

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