Posted by: Anonymous
on February 23, 2008 04:50 PM
I couldn't disagree more, Michael. I use Ubuntu at home, Debian at work for a production server, and OS X as my work desktop, and don't get me started on using Free Software on Windows. If I have a package that's not widely distributed for whatever reason (such as swftools) you can be sure that I'll be using stow. Building two different debian packages (one for Debian and Ubuntu, and whatever procedure Fink uses) isn't really an option in my opinion, and if something were to happen to where I had an RPM-based distribution forced on me, well, I've worked with the RPM specs before, but again, I'll be danged if I'm going to do cross-distribution package handling just to run a popular-yet-tainted software package.
Stow, on the other hand, is built for this sort of ad-hoc package management. Tell configure to install to a particular dir, stow it, and you're done.