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2 Introduction for the Experienced

GNU Source Installer (sourceinstall) is a complete source package management tool, that handles source package configuration, installation, tracking and removal, information querying and export.

It is intended to work on modern Unix-like systems (with GNU/Linux as a primary target).

This is a tool intended for the user, not for developers: it has nothing to do with package creation. It helps people install and manage software packages in source form.

The user installs 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.

There are two different ways to interact with sourceinstall: a Tk graphical interface, and a command-line driven, non-interactive interface.

2.1 Why should you use this program?

If you already build most of the software on your system from source code, you might try sourceinstall nonetheless. Here is what this software offers to the experienced user:

2.2 Why should you avoid this program?

The following is a critique against this tool, that shows what you lose, or do not gain in contrast to relying for example on the good old command line: