GNU Stow is a program which manages the installation of software packages.
This 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 4 and Perl 5. You must install Perl before running Stow.
Stow was inspired by Carnegie Mellon's "Depot" program, but is
substantially simpler. Whereas Depot requires database files to keep
things in sync, Stow stores no extra state between runs, so there's no
danger (as there is in Depot) of mangling directories when file
hierarchies don't match the database. Also unlike Depot, Stow will
never delete any files, directories, or links that appear in a Stow
directory (e.g., /usr/local/stow/emacs), so it's always possible to
rebuild the target tree (e.g., /usr/local).
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· This is a minor release that fixes a couple of installation issues and improves some of the documentation.