Last night I found out about a project called Dripper. It's basically a wrapper around stow which makes it easy to compile and link applications with predefined scripts. Think of it as a Homebrew-like interface to stow.
I've always wanted to be able to take a git repository or a tarball
and automatically run
&& make && make install to get a safely installed package. Today I
made Dripper capable of doing that for git remotes.
Check my fork. Hopefully I'll
be able to do the same for
.tar.gz URLs soon. I'd also like to
abstract it to be able to have a list of "generic" make scripts so it
can detect things like CMake or gyp and do the right thing.