Ln_Local : A stow clone


ln_local is a simple shell script for managing the installation of software packages (typically in /usr/local).
It's a program between stow and lndir/cleanlinks.

The approach used by ln_local (based on Stow) is to install each package into its own tree, then use symbolic links to make it appear as though the files are installed in the common tree (see examples for more details).
Contrary to stow, ln_local create all subdirectory tree and then create all symbolic links (stow create simbolic links for subdirectories and normals files, so conflicts may appends when two programs share the same subdirectory).

Note: You may have some interest in the Clemens Fischer symlink.sh which is an ln_local clone more elaborated with some interesting features.


ln_local-1.1.1.tar.gz (~12K)


Usage: ln_local [options] [do] Action

Action : create | delete | clean
  create : create symlink and directory in /usr/local from current directory
  delete : delete symlink and empty directory in /usr/local from current directory
  clean : remove broken symlink and empty directory in /usr/local

If 'do' is presents in the command line then changes are made,

Options are :
  -s, --source the source directory (default:current directory)
  -t, --target the target directory (/usr/local)
  -V, --version display version and exit
  -u, --usage long help
  -h, --help display this help


Standard way to use ln_local:

you can change the target directory (/usr/local) by editing the file /usr/local/bin/ln_local or use the --target option

To remove an existing program:
cd /usr/install/archive-x.x.x
ln_local delete do

To clean the /usr/local directory:
ln_local clean do

To remove definitively a program:
rm -rf /usr/install/archive-x.x.x
ln_local clean do

If you want to see what ln_local will do, remove the 'do' in create,
delete and clean action, so no action will be done


Any feedback on this program is welcome.
My address : hocwp@free.fr


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