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.
- Sat 18 Feb 2012
2.2.0 has been released! This release introduces a long-wanted
--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.
- Tue 10 Jan 2012
2.1.3 has been released! This has several minor improvements
to 2.1.0, including a much improved installation procedure,
documentation fixes, and a new
--adoptoption. Read details of what's new.
- Sat 03 Dec 2011
- Stow 2.1.0 has been released! This is the first official release since 2002. 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:
- help-stow is for general user help and discussion.
- stow-devel is used to discuss most aspects of Stow, including development and enhancement requests.
- bug-stow is for bug reports.
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.
- Bug reporting
- Please send bug reports to the bug-stow mailing list (see Mailing lists above).
- For development sources and other information, please see the Stow project page at savannah.gnu.org. There is also a stow-devel mailing list (see Mailing lists above).
- Translating Stow
- Stow is not currently multi-lingual, but patches would be gratefully accepted. Please e-mail stow-devel if you intend to work on this.
- Stow is currently being maintained by Adam Spiers and Troy Mill. Please use the mailing lists for contact.
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.