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Is there a way to compile from source and keep track of updates automatically?

Is there a way to compile from source and keep track of updates automatically?

See the question - if I want to build the latest version of an app from the source, am I doomed to checking for updates manually? Is there a better way to do this?

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Guest [Entry]

Just set up a source management system and a cron job to periodically download the latest changes.
Guest [Entry]

"If the project has a public sourcecode repository, that would be one option. The biggest drawback here is that you may be stuck tracking the cutting-edge version of the project, which may not be desirable on a production system (of course this depends how they structure their repository).

Another alternative is to use a package management system which supports source code packages. FreeBSD's ports system is great at this, and there are many other alternatives out there for Linux and other *nix-based systems.

I'm not aware of any similar solutions for Windows, but generally most Windows users don't compile their own source code."