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GNU Stow
Manages installation process

Stow is a symlink manager. It generates symlinks to directories of data and makes them appear to be merged into the same directory. It is typically used for managing software packages installed from source, by letting you install them apart in distinct directories and then create symlinks to the files in a common directory such as /usr/local.

Stow was inspired by Carnegie Mellon's "Depot" program, but is substantially simpler.


User manual available from

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2orlaterAdam Spiers20 December 2001
Will probably migrate to GPLv3 soon.

Leaders and contributors

Adam Spiers Maintainer
Troy Mill Maintainer

Resources and communication

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Bugs Bug Tracking
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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use Perl

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 12 November 2015.


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