Get rid of stowaway packages with GNU Stow

The installation instructions in most free software reviews aren't enough. If you decide a package sucks, how do you get rid of it? If a package rocks, how do you upgrade it? GNU Stow, a package manager for packages you compile and install yourself, provides an easy answer to both questions.

Many GNU/Linux distribution developers use Stow, so you'll find it in the default package repositories of every major GNU/Linux distribution. Stow's only dependency is Perl. If you use a distribution that includes neither Stow nor Perl, you can use Stow's simple bootstrapping instructions to install both.

Installing a package with Stow requires you to slightly modify the make install step of package installation (modifications in bold):