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'toast' is a simple package manager for *nix. It automatically locates and downloads source code, determines how to compile it, installs each package in its own directory tree, and makes the resulting binaries available through an encap/GNU stow-like symlink tree. It also supports binary packages. It is often used to install and manage software in a non-root user's home directory. Since each package's installed files are stored separately, it's easy to quickly install, uninstall, upgrade, recompile, or temporarily disable different software packages or different versions of the same packages, even if they conflict with each other.


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Download version 1.357 (beta)
released on 2 November 2004


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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2Janet Casey5 February 2004

Leaders and contributors

Jacques Frechet Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bug Tracking,Developer,Support E-mail

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Weak prerequisite wget

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 2 November 2004.


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