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The Practice of System and Network Administration, Second Edition by Thomas A. Limoncelli, Christina J. Hogan, Strata R. Chalup

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Chapter 28. Software Depot Service

A software depot is a way of making a large number of software packages available to many hosts. UNIX has a tradition of a globally accessible /usr/ local/bin that is shared among all hosts in a cluster. Windows sites have a different tradition involving a repository of installable packages.

UNIX is known for providing a large number of tools to do various tasks. However, this number seems small compared with the number of tools that are available for free via the Internet. Selecting and installing these tools is a huge responsibility. Replicating these tools to dozens, hundreds, or thousands of machines is impossible without automation. If a software depot is not provided, nontechnical customers will simply ...

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