From Lunar Linux
lin is the lunar install tool. It handles downloading, upgrading (through lrm, installation and compilation of modules on your system.
To do this, lin follows several steps:
- resolve conflicts - if a package conflicts and is installed, it will prompt the user what to do (remove or keep).
- solve dependencies - if packages are missing, they are inserted into the install queue
- download - the packages are downloaded in the background while processing continues by lget
- configure options - the user may be prompted for additional configuration questions that affect the way a package is built
- checks - the checksums are checked if available, all sources are downloaded, etc.
- compile - the package is compiled
- upgrade - if a previous version of the package is installed, lrm removes the old files in a safe way
- install - the package is physically installed to your system
- post-install actions - several things are done, such as administrativa, documentation, init.d scripts etc.
For more information see the lin(8) man page.