New package: stow

Schulman.Andrew@epamail.epa.gov Schulman.Andrew@epamail.epa.gov
Tue May 17 08:59:00 GMT 2005


The stow package is now available in the Cygwin distribution.  Stow is an 
installation manager for local software packages.  It creates sets of 
symlinks from the installed location (e.g. /usr/local) to a stow directory 
(e.g. /usr/local/stow/emacs) where the real files live. This allows you to 
keep packages separate, while making them appear to be installed in the 
same place.

Note that because stow uses symlinks to install files, it will probably 
only be effective for software that is used only in the Cygwin environment 
and doesn't install any DLLs.  The reason is that Cygwin symlinks are 
implemented in the Windows file system as shortcuts (.lnk files), but 
Windows shortcuts are fundamentally broken:  Windows will not, as a rule 
(the only exception being for GUI operations in Windows Explorer), 
interpret a shortcut as a pointer to a file.  Cygwin corrects this and 
emulates the Unix behavior, but Windows programs won't, and PATH searches 
for DLLs won't follow shortcuts either.

Source homepage:    http://directory.fsf.org/stow.html
License:            GPL

Please address questions and bug reports to the Cygwin mailing list 
<cygwin@cygwin.com>.

Andrew E. Schulman

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