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Shell script "alternative" to Homebrew powered by GNU Stow which works on OS X and Linux.

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Dripper is a collection of definitions to install software packages with stow, the GNU package manager. It's always recommended to use package manager provided by your system, but sometimes you need a tool to install alternate packages.


Clone the repository and run the install script:

git clone git:// ~/.dripper

To enable dripper run:

~/.dripper/bin/drip init

And follow the instructions.


Common operations:

drip install redis-2.4.10
drip uninstall redis-2.4.10
drip unlink redis-2.4.10
drip link redis-2.4.10
drip path redis-2.4.10
drip update

You can get a list of all available commands by running drip.

Commands with custom env file

Imagine you have different projects with different requirements and want to load a different ruby version for each one. Familiar, right?

Create an .env file in the root of your project and append packages paths:

drip path ruby-1.9.3-p392 >> .env

Now you can run all commands using drip, which will act as a namespace.

$ ruby --version
ruby 2.0.0p0 (2013-02-24 revision 39474) [x86_64-darwin12.2.1]

$ drip ruby --version
Sourced /Users/fesplugas/Development/dripper/.env
ruby 1.9.3p392 (2013-02-22 revision 39386) [x86_64-darwin12.2.1]

Notice that you can also set environment variables on that file.


  • Sources are downloaded into /usr/local/src or $HOME/.dripper/src.
  • Packages are compiled into /usr/local/stow or $HOME/.dripper/stow.


Thanks to Homebrew, it's an awesome tool. As an stow user I always wanted to do something similar and Homebrew has inspired many of the commands used by Dripper.

Thanks to sub, a delicious way to organize programs.

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