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Manages the installation process by keeping packages separate while making them appear to be installed in the same place. Stow doesn't store an extra state between runs, so there's no danger of mangling directories when file hierarchies don't match the database. Also, stow will never delete any files, directories, or links that appear in a stow directory, so it is always possible to rebuild the target tree.


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GPLv2orlaterAdam Spiers20 December 2001
Will probably migrate to GPLv3 soon.

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Required to use Perl

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 15 December 2011.


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