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GNU Stow

GNU Stow is a program for managing the installation of software packages, keeping them separate (/usr/local/stow/emacs vs. /usr/local/stow/perl, for example) while making them appear to be installed in the same place (/usr/local). Stow is a Perl script which should run correctly under Perl 5.005 and above. You must install Perl before running Stow. Stow was inspired by Carnegie Mellon's Depot program, but is substantially simpler.

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Recent releases

  •  06 Dec 2011 18:08

    Release Notes: This is a minor release that fixes a couple of installation issues and improves some of the documentation.

    •  03 Dec 2011 18:07

      Release Notes: This is the first official release of Stow since January 2002, and is a complete refresh of the entire codebase, with a substantial number of bugfixes and enhancements.

      •  07 Jan 2002 17:39

        Release Notes: Initially empty directories are not removed anymore. Stow now only warns the user if a directory is unreadable during unstowing. Various other bugfixes were made.

        •  23 Sep 1999 22:29

          Release Notes: First announcement.


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