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Get rid of stowaway packages with GNU Stow

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 84.81.162.166] on March 03, 2008 08:05 PM
One very nice thing that stow supports, is a multi-user system where every user can install the software himself in for example $HOME/stow/... (and add those directories to his PATH and MANPATH). Now the system administrator can easily install a new version, like /usr/local/stow/git-1.5.4.3 and leave /usr/local/stow/git-1.4 installed. The user can upgrade whenever it suits him, not when it suits the sysadmin. This is impossible with apt and rpm, where the user cannot do anything, and it is next to impossible to have multiple versions installed.

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