In the course of building, packaging, and managing our
pre-compiled binaries, we have developed several tools to make the
process easier. The sbutils software build tool
is used to build all software for installation to a dedicated
directory. The pbutils package build tool is
used to package the software for installation by the package
management system. The pkgutils package
installation tool is used to conveniently install the packages,
regardless of the underlying package management system.
Unlike the rpm
program which, with the aid of a single
provides similar functionality to the sbutils and
pbutils programs, we developed individual tools to
reduce the complexity and because we believe a tool should perform one
function and perform it very well. The pkgutils
program provides functionality similar to the Debian GNU/Linux
apt-get tool but in a package-manager-independent
In addition to the above, the wrapld tool
was created to work around a deficiency in the linker on AIX and Tru64
UNIX where multiple "
options to the linker did not treat the options as additive.
All tools are licensed under the GNU
General Public License.