kinda newbie question

Sam Couter sam at
Tue Jan 15 15:50:33 EST 2002

David Gibson <david at> wrote:
> Often the simplest way is just to stash the thing you're compiling in
> it's own directory.  So for package foobaz do:
>      ./configure --prefix=/opt/foobaz
>      make
>      make install
> and to uninstall
>     rm -rf /opt/foobaz

Then your $PATH gets very very messy.

GNU Stow does what you describe, then uses symlinks to make it look like
/usr/local/foobaz/bin/foo is in /usr/local/bin/foo or wherever, so it's
on your $PATH.
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