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Re: Stow

From: Nick Patavalis
Subject: Re: Stow
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 21:55:54 +0300
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On Fri, Oct 25, 2002 at 02:07:22PM -0400, Eric Siegerman wrote:
> Stow ( is excellent
> for this!  It's basically a package manager, but an extremely
> lightweight one.

I agree. Stow rules! It is a fine example of treating problems with a
purelly "unix" philosply (don't develop milions of lines of buggy C
code for something that can be solved using a few scripts).
>   - Don't be anal about it.  Some packages expect to be in their
>     own subdirectories, rather than dispersed throughout
>     /usr/local.  Humour them.  Be willing to let Apache go
>     directly into /usr/local/apache as it prefers, rather than
>     being stow-managed.  Or if you want multiple versions, put
>     them in /usr/local/apache-<version> and make the (single)
>     symlink by hand.  Likewise Java JREs and SDKs.

I totaly agree, though I would suggest putting these "anal" packages
in a different hierarchy altogether. Everything inside "/usr/local"
should be stow-managed. A good place for those would be under "/opt"


Morality is always the product of terror; its chains and
strait-waistcoats are fashioned by those who dare not trust others,
because they dare not trust themselves, to walk in liberty.
  -- Aldous Huxley 

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