GNU Stow is a symlink farm manager which takes distinct packages
of software and/or data located in separate directories on the
filesystem, and makes them appear to be installed in the same place.
/usr/local/bin could contain symlinks to
/usr/local/stow/perl/bin etc., and likewise recursively
for any other subdirectories such as
.../man, and so on.
This is particularly useful for keeping track of system-wide and per-user installations of software built from source, but can also facilitate a more controlled approach to management of configuration files in the user's home directory, especially when coupled with version control systems.
Stow is implemented as a combination of a Perl script providing a CLI interface, and a backend Perl module which does most of the work. Stow is Free Software, licensed under the GNU General Public License.
--no-foldingoption which disables the (re)folding which in some usage scenarios can be confusing or undesirable. It also drops the abbreviated
-aversion of the
--adoptoption for safety reasons, and makes various improvements to the documentation, test suite, and command-line output. Read details of what's new.
--adoptoption. Read details of what's new.
Stow can be found on the main GNU ftp server: http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/stow/ (via HTTP) and ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/stow/ (via FTP). It can also be found on the GNU mirrors; please use a mirror if possible.
There is also a git repository containing the latest development code.
Documentation for Stow is available online, as is documentation for most GNU software. You may also find more information about Stow by running info stow or man stow, or by looking at /usr/share/doc/stow/, /usr/local/doc/stow/, or similar directories on your system. A brief summary is available by running stow --help.
Stow has the following mailing lists:
Security reports that should not be made immediately public can be sent directly to the maintainer. If there is no response to an urgent issue, you can escalate to the general security mailing list for advice.
The Savannah project also has a mailing lists page.
Development of Stow, and GNU in general, is a volunteer effort, and you can contribute. For information, please read How to help GNU. If you'd like to get involved, it's a good idea to join the stow-devel mailing list.
Stow is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
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