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13 Bootstrapping

Suppose you have a stow directory all set up and ready to go: /usr/local/stow/perl contains the Perl installation, /usr/local/stow/stow contains Stow itself, and perhaps you have other packages waiting to be stowed. You’d like to be able to do this:

cd /usr/local/stow
stow -vv *

but stow is not yet in your PATH. Nor can you do this:

cd /usr/local/stow
stow/bin/stow -vv *

because the ‘#!’ line at the beginning of stow tries to locate Perl (usually in /usr/local/bin/perl), and that won’t be found. The solution you must use is:

cd /usr/local/stow
perl/bin/perl stow/bin/stow -vv *