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Developer Guide: A Tale of Five Prefixes

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Ken Odegard
Conda Maintainer
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In the realm of package management and environment configuration, conda has emerged as a versatile tool empowering developers with environment management. A pivotal aspect of conda's architecture lies in its prefix system, which underwent a significant evolution over its previous versions, transforming conda from a simple package manager into a sprawling environment manager. In this technical discourse, we delve into the intricacies of conda's prefix system, shedding light on its evolution and the five distinct prefixes delineated within the conda source code.