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Wed, 22 Feb 2006 23:19:54 -0500 (EST)
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I am pleased to announce GNU swbis 0.483, available at
The project home page is
The files to download are:
This release is a minor bug fix release. There were minor
fixes to swpackage, code clean-ups and new development to
swinstall and swign.
What is swbis?
Swbis is a free implementation of the Posix software
administration standard. It intends (eventually) to provide
all the features of, for example, 'rpm' and 'dpkg', while
maintaining usefulness to free software developers and system
administrators of large heterogeneous networks.
Free software developers can use swbis because a swbis source
package can be an ordinary looking tarball just like GNU
software packages. It even provides a program, 'swign' that
uses 'swpackage' and 'tar' in a manner where the generated
tarball is created entirely by GNU 'tar'. This archive contains
an embedded GPG signature, has the POSIX meta-data directory,
and does not change the package file layout.
System administrators can use 'swpackage' to construct run-time
packages with an embedded GPG signature and deliver it to
any GNU/Linux (or BSD or U*ix) host on the network via 'ssh';
and, swinstall does not have to be installed on the remote host.
System administrators can use 'swcopy' to copy directories and
files from host-to-host.
In short swbis is the non-intrusive, network transparent, back-wards
compatible, standards conforming, orthogonal-with-the-GNU toolset,
packaging system. It uses bash, tar, gpg, and ssh directly. At a
fundamental level, the utilities are C programs which write a
shell program into the standard input of ssh and the POSIX shell
(bash) on the remote end. This is how swinstall and swcopy work.
If you are interested in reading more, the manual is at
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