sbotools provides a ports-like interface to It consists of several commands, and a configuration file. It is written entirely in Perl and bundles a copy of the Sort::Versions module with itself for its own usage; this will not interfere with copies installed via the CPAN or

For Slackware 14.0, 14.1, or 14.2, you need the latest release in the 2.x branch, which is available here as a source tarball or as a ready-made package. It is also available on's sbotools page.

The source code for the 1.x and 2.x branches is available on the downloads page.

For Slackware 13.37, you need the latest release in the 0.x branch, which is available as a combined slackbuild and source package here: sbotools-0.10.tar – md5sum: efb92fc318dabf9a0e4b43a9476e86c6

Beyond providing a ports-like interface, sbotools provides several additional features:

sbotools has been developed on Slackware64 14.2, 14.1, and 14.0. For any older versions, Perl would need to be upgraded, and the would need to be modified to support that version. Please submit any bugs you find to There’s also a #sbotools channel on freenode, come talk to us.

There is also some documentation available.
If you’d like to understand why I would do this, read the rationale.