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Control: retitle 690531 ITP: iraf -- Astronomical Image Reduction and Analysis Facility
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Hi all,

IRAF packaging was on hold for quite a few years, due to its complicated
package structure, a buggy installation procedure, major bugs in the 
code itself, and (most important) major issues in the licensing:

The source contain a number of code lines that were copied from the book 
"Numerical Recipes in Fortran", and these lines are not freely 
distributable. We are however now about to remove those code lines and 
to replace them with free code: LAPACK, FFTPACK, and also self-written 
code where appropriate.

So, I think it is now time to officially re-start the packaging. It may 
still take quite a while until we have something ready, and and any help 
is appreciated.

Since upstream's response is close to zero in the moment, the plan is to 
create a temporary fork on github, tag a preliminary version "2.16.1p1" 
(or so) there, and then start packaging from there. Since all changes 
are also forwarded as pull requests to upstream, there is some hope that 
the fork will be only temporary, and I hope that we can agree between 
other distributions (Astroconda, Fedora etc.) to use a common set of 
patches as long as upstream keeps silent.

Some links:

* Upstream IRAF repository:

* My fork:
  (Most patches are in the "merge-all" branch; the NR replacements are 
  in the branch "local/replace-numerical-recipes")

* Debian packaging git repository (still untouched):

* Upstream discussion forum:

Your help is very appreciated here! Please contact me if you want to
help, or directly provide patches or pull requests.

Best regards


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