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GNU Source Installer
Source-Install was a source package manager for Unix-likes. The tool comes with a graphical interface to source package configuration, installation, tracking and removal. It also performs installed packages consistency checks and uninstallation crosschecks considering simple file dependency between packages. It was intended for users, not developers: it has nothing to do with package creation. Users had to install new source packages by browsing the web, downloading a source package (in .tar.gz or other formats), and then feeding it to the source installer.

This package has been decommissioned. See Guix, the GNU's way of handling source packages.


User manual available in HTML format from

Heckert gnu.small.png This is a GNU package:sourceinstall


Download version 2.5 (stable)
released on 20 July 2008

VCS Checkout

cvs co sourceinstall2


Related Projects


LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv3orlaterJanet Casey14 June 2005

Leaders and contributors

Claudio Fontana Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bugs Bug Tracking
Bug Tracking E-mail
Developer VCS Repository Webview

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Weak prerequisite gunzip
Required to use with packages Tk and Expect
Weak prerequisite compress
Weak prerequisite tar
Weak prerequisite zip
Weak prerequisite bzip2
Weak prerequisite unzip
Weak prerequisite bunzip2
Weak prerequisite gzip
Required to use Tcl

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 29 September 2015.


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