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GNU Source Installer
Graphical tool for source package configuration, installation, tracking and removal

Source-Install was a source package manager for Unix-likes. The tool comes with a graphical interface to source package configuration, installation, tracking and removal. It also performs installed packages consistency checks and uninstallation crosschecks considering simple file dependency between packages. It was intended for users, not developers: it has nothing to do with package creation. Users had to install new source packages by browsing the web, downloading a source package (in .tar.gz or other formats), and then feeding it to the source installer.

This package has been decommissioned. See Guix, the GNU's way of handling source packages.


User manual available in HTML format from


version 2.5 (stable)
released on 20 July 2008



VCS Checkout

cvs co sourceinstall2


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Janet Casey

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14 June 2005

Leaders and contributors

Claudio Fontana Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
DeveloperVCS Repository Webview
Savannah (Ref)

Software prerequisites

Required to useTcl
Weak prerequisitegunzip
Required to usewith packages Tk and Expect
Weak prerequisitecompress
Weak prerequisitetar
Weak prerequisitezip
Weak prerequisitebzip2
Weak prerequisiteunzip
Weak prerequisitebunzip2
Weak prerequisitegzip

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 20 February 2018.


"Savannah (Ref)" is not in the list (General, Help, Bug Tracking, Support, Developer) of allowed values for the "Resource audience" property.

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