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Slackware makes for a wonderfully lean VPS config, a mere 77MB diskspace consumed out of the box (as of Slackware 12). You can then install only the packages that you need and save a substantial amount of space.
If you want to compile your own stuff from source .tar.gz, I recommend installing at least the following packages to have the capability to compile software written in C (such as lighttpd, apache, python, mysql, etc...). Note that this only applies if you want to install from source for some reason. You can easily get binary slackware packages (.tgz) from many different sources, one of the best which is linuxpackages.net.
If you find that you still get error messages when you try
to compile something, it usually means that the software you are
trying to install has further requirements. Sometimes this is
pretty obvious in the message, other times you may have to try
to do some interpretation. Two files are very useful in order
to find out which additional packages you may need to install,
For example, in trying to configure lighttpd for compilation, I got the following error:
configure: error: pcre-config not found, install the pcre-devel package and build with --without-pcre
This indicates that I have to install the pcre package.
PACKAGE NAME: pcre-7.0-i486-1.tgz PACKAGE LOCATION: ./slackware/l
In this case, I download it via wget,
# wget http://slackware.mirrors.easynews.com/linux/slackware/slackware-12.0/slackware/l/pcre-7.0-i486-1.tgz
# installpkg pcre-7.0-i486-1.tgz
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