Fwd: Re: [gnudatalanguage-devel] Fwd: Re: Bug#753620: wishlist: idl/gdl-written software
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Subject: Re: [gnudatalanguage-devel] Fwd: Re: Bug#753620: wishlist:
Date: Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:57:53 +0200
From: Gilles DUVERT <email@example.com>
To: Sylwester Arabas <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
CC: firstname.lastname@example.org, GDL Orion Poplawski
On 07/04/2014 03:25 PM, Sylwester Arabas wrote:
- how to make these packages usable for IDL / PV-WAVE users?
Since IDL is non-free, I would consider this not as a primary goal. I
would concentrate on GDL.
I wonder what Sywester means by "making useable"...
Those are tons of IDL script files. I doubt we can tell if a particular
script will fail or not, since it depends on how it is used and the
history. I mean, a script that makes nice plots may pass for double
precision data, and fail on integer data, a
tool using the cursor may crash only when the user clicks where nobodoy
ever would have thought clicking possible, etc...
Another point is that this idlastro --- which by the way, is the same as
"astrolib", no? is a bunch of not-so-well-if-any maintained files, do we
want to "support" (read: inherit the problems of) them?
My suggestion: we make a small installer-like script that will start at
the first use of GDL, that ask for downloading idlastro+coyotelib+mpfit
directly from their respective sites (see
http://idlastro.gsfc.nasa.gov/). May be do the same for gsshsg data,
- should idlastro be splitted into multiple subpackages?
I would split it, if the different parts are somehow usable
independently. Also, not all packages may be usable under GDL (yet), right?
as well. No need of handling that at debian level.