How to Install packages with slapt-get or gslapt in BackTrack 3

Once BackTrack is installed on the harddrive, open the menu and goto K -> BackTrack -> Penetration -> Fast Track
./ -i
Enter the Fast-Track updates menu (1).
Update everything (9).

After the update finishes, select the Installation menu (8).
Install everything (8).
Go back to the Installation menu, select Install Slapt-Get (1)
Install Slapt-Get (2), then select update SlackWare (1).
Exit (10)

Now, you can use slapt-get to install packages from the slackware repositories. For example, if you want to install mozilla-thunderbird:
Make sure it exists in the repositories:
slapt-get --search thunderbird
if you find it, use the install parameter to install:
slapt-get --install mozilla-thunderbird-


you can also use the gui front-end for slapt-get, but it is broken by default in BT3. so let’s reinstall it:
slapt-get --install --reinstall gslapt

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  4. JustJeff says:

    Hello … Seems that Fast-Track has removed the Install slapt-get menu option. Do you have a work-around for Backtrack 4beta+…?


  5. HydTech says:

    havent tried BT4 yet. I’ll look into it when its officially released

  6. tyler says:

    hey, how do i install javascript for backtrack 3.

  7. Kj3k53 says:

    just enable it globally in NoScript

  8. jay says:

    slapt-get –install –reinstall gslapt when I try this line of code I get an error “Reading Package Lists… Done
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
    x11 gdk-pixbuf libpng slapt-get gslapt
    0 upgraded, 5 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Need to get 18MB of archives.
    After unpacking 55MB of additional disk space will be used.
    Get x11 6.8.2-i486-3 [17MB]…Failed to download: Server denied you to change to the given directory ” and nothing happens.

    Can you help me?

    Thanks for your post!