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Bug#150191: ITP: cernlib -- Suite of physics data analysis tools and libraries

Package: wnpp
Version: N/A; reported 2002-06-16
Severity: wishlist

* Package name    : cernlib
  Version         : 2002.04.26
  Upstream Author : CERN <Heplib.Support@cern.ch>
* URL             : http://wwwinfo.cern.ch/asd/cernlib/
* License         : GPL (but see below)
  Description     : Suite of physics data analysis tools and libraries

Cernlib is a suite of data analysis tools and libraries created for
use in physics experiments, but also with applications to other fields
such as the biological sciences.  The best-known of these tools are
PAW, the Physics Analysis Workstation, and Geant 3.21, a particle
detector simulation tool.

Some notes:

The original source code only permitted the use of static libraries
(at least on Linux); put everything in /cern/<someversion>; and was
one giant conglomeration of stuff.  I've put in a lot of work to
make the code create shared libraries, conform to the FHS, and create
a number of different Debian packages for people who only want one or
two pieces of Cernlib.

Possible licensing issue: Although CERN says that Cernlib is GPLed
(see http://wwwinfo.cern.ch/asd/cernlib/conditions.html ), some of the
code contains licensing terms incompatible with the GPL, and I don't
know if those authors ever signed over their work to CERN.  I've tried
emailing upstream about the issue, but no response in about a month.
If I can't get a response, I suppose the only solution is to remove
the offending code (it's the optional FLUKA routines).

Many thanks to Bas Zoetekouw, who has agreed to sponsor me for these
packages.  For anyone else who wants to look at my preliminary
unofficial packaging, please see http://gobo.princeton.edu/~kmccarty/

-- System Information
Debian Release: 3.0
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux tesseract 2.4.17 #1 Thu Jan 31 20:19:43 EST 2002 i686

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