epkg is a package manager which uses the Encap Package Management System, a method for flexibly handling installation and management of third-party software on a Unix system. Encap places each package in its own subdirectory, then automatically manages symlinks to their appropriate places in /usr/local. The Encap package format includes features like postinstall scripts and prerequisite checking. Other features include builtin tar/gzip extraction, optional builtin FTP and HTTP support, transaction logging, and the ability to automatically upgrade a package to the latest version.
Payload Delivery Vehicle (PDV) is a program that builds an executable that contains a complete package (e.g. and RPM, System V package or tar file) and the commands required to install it. When the executable is run it will extract the payload (the package) and then execute another command (such as rpm -i, pkgadd -d etc.). The big advantage to this is that a developer can hand a user a single file to be executed - the end user does not need to know how to extract the package or get it installed.
Rpm2tar is a utility for converting the contents of a binary RPM package into a gzipped tar archive. Rpm2tar attempts to preserve file ownership, groups, and permissions as they are stored in the RPM package. Rpm2tar handles files only; it does not handle pre- or post-install scripts, triggers, '%config' tags, or any other fancy features of RPM.
Loki Setup is a graphical installer for Unix applications. It features descriptions of the package to install in XML, a GTK interface that can be dynamically redefined by the user with Glade, raw and ncurses console interfaces, and the automatic generation of uninstall scripts. It has been successfully used on many Linux and UNIX platforms. It includes tools for uninstalling, patching, and recovering installations. It operates independently from any package managers.
The URARFileLib is a small static library that allows you to read files from RAR archives created with RAR and WinRAR. Listing, decompression, and decryption with full RAR 2.0 compatibility is done directly in your application, so there is no need for a DLL or any other external file. It is based on the free unRAR source code by Eugene Roshal, and designed for easy but powerful usage in demos and intros. It is also useful if you want to port your programs since the it is written in pure ANSI C (some parts are optimized in assembly) and supports multiple operating systems.
ZZIPlib provides read access on ZIP-archives. The library uses only the patent-free compression-algorithms supported by zlib. Functions are provided that transparently access files being either real files or zipped files, both with the same filepath. The zip-archive can be used in the place of a normal subdirectory. It is written in portable C.
Installwatch is a simple utility which keeps track of which files are created and modified during the installation of a new program. It's fast and easy to use. It doesn't require a "pre-install" phase because it monitors processes while they run. Installwatch works with every dynamically linked ELF program, by intercepting system calls that cause file system alterations.