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  | dewi - deploy and withdraw configuration files  |


    Dewi requires Perl5 and a number of stardard Perl5 modules (like “English”,
    “File::Spec”, “Cwd” and others).

    It can optionally  use the IPC::Run3 module from CPAN.  This is required to
    allow  external  filters to  be  run.  On  debian systems,  installing  the
    ‘libipc-run3-perl’ package will do the trick.

    Additionally,  the Template  module  from CPAN  can be  used  to provide  a
    deployment  method called  “template”. Like  IPC::Run3, the  dependency for
    Template  is  optional.   On  debian,  the  according   package  is  called

    For building the  documentation, the pandoc¹ package  is required. However,
    the  documentation  source code  written  in  markdown is  fairly  readable
    without processing by pandoc.

    ¹ <>


      I. Usage directly from the source package

    To use  the dewi script  directly from the source  package, you need  to do

        % make

    Say the source package is located at ‘/usr/src/dewi-0.3’, you would now use
    the script directly from there:

        % /usr/src/dewi-0.3/dewi <operation>

    That's all.

    For convenience, if you got “$HOME/bin” in your “$PATH”:

        % ln -s /usr/src/dewi-0.3/dewi ~/bin/dewi

      II. Installation to the system.

    You can also  install everything to the  system like you would  do with any
    other software package. These are the required steps:

        % make sys
        % make install

    After that the ‘dewi’ script should  be located in ‘/usr/local/bin’. If you
    would like another installation prefix, use:

        % make sys prefix=/my/preferred/prefix
        % make install prefix=/my/preferred/prefix

      III. Documentation

    The package also comes with documentation in form of markdown sources, from
    which manpages, HTML and PDF output are generated. In order to generate and
    install the documentation, use these commands:

        % make doc
        % make install-doc

      IV. Last words

    There is also a zsh completion for the maintenance helper ‘dewi’ in
    ‘_dewi’. Put it somewhere in $fpath before calling ‘compinit’ in your
    zshrc. See zsh's manual for details.


    See the included dewi(7), dewi(1) and dewifile(5) manuals.

Compatibility with previous versions.

    Previously, dewi depended on the ‘make’  utility to dispatch to its various
    operations. That was a bad idea for multiple reasons. Keeping the main dewi
    script in “.dewi/bin” was another  design mistake. Now all functionality is
    part of the ‘dewi’ frontend script.

    Basically, what used to be:

        % make deploy

    is now:

        % dewi deploy

    ...and so  on. Also, the contents  of the .dewi directory  changed to avoid
    incompatibilities. In  any case, an  UPGRADE document  is due for  the next

    There is a tag in the project's version control history that marks the last
    changeset, that depended  on make. If you  wish to keep using  it (in which
    case you're completely on  your own), you can get a  branch that depends on
    said commit by doing this:

        % git checkout -b my-dewi-fork last-make-based-changeset


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