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[Stow-devel] GNU Stow 2.1.2 released

From: Adam Spiers
Subject: [Stow-devel] GNU Stow 2.1.2 released
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2011 13:39:15 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

Hi all,

GNU Stow 2.1.2 is now available for download from

and also from the mirrors[1] as soon as they catch up.

This is a minor release which fixes some installation issues and
improves the installation instructions.  If you have already
successfully installed Stow 2.1.x then it is probably not worth
upgrading to 2.1.2.

Stow is a tool for managing the installation of multiple software
packages to a shared run-time directory tree (e.g. /usr/local) via
symlinks, whilst keeping the files from each package separate.  Whilst
it has often been used to manage system-wide software installations,
it also provides a clean mechanism for managing software and
configuration files in users' home directories[2].  More information
is available at the homepage:

Below are the headline changes since 2.1.1 (see the ChangeLog for full

* Changes in version 2.1.2
  Many thanks to Stefano Lattarini for help with numerous autoconf and
  automake issues which are addressed in this release.
** Significantly improve the handling of --with-pmdir.
*** Calculation of the default value for --with-pmdir is now done safely in 
    Previously non-POSIX-compliant shells could cause issues.
*** The output of ./configure and make are now much more helpful.
*** The Makefile will now check whether pmdir is in Perl's built-in @INC.
    If not, it will insert a

      use lib "...";

    line into the generated stow script to ensure that it can always
    locate the Perl modules without needing to manually set PERL5LIB.
*** Updated INSTALL and HOWTO-RELEASE accordingly.
** ./configure now aborts if Perl isn't found.
** Ensured the ChangeLog is up-to-date when making a new distribution.
** Fixed bug with `make clean' removing files which the user may not be able to 

Happy hacking,

[1] You can see a list of mirrors at <>
   or use <> which will automatically
   redirect to a nearby mirror.


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