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Re: ITP: ASTK -- Code_Aster build/control system and front-end

On Fri, 2008-02-22 at 23:45 +0100, Guus Sliepen wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 05:07:20PM -0500, Adam C Powell IV wrote:
> > Package name: astk
> Why is it called astk? I can't find an astk tarball on the
> www.code-aster.org site.

astk is one of the tarballs in the aster-full-src-9.2.0-2.noarch.tar.gz
tarball on the site.  They distribute sixteen .tar.gz tarballs within
that tarball, of which:
      * gmsh, grace, hdf5, med, Numeric, omniORB, omniORBpy, tcl and tk
        duplicate existing Debian packages; scotch is in incoming
      * metis-edf is similar to parmetis already in Debian, and to
      * gibi is non-free (can't find source anywhere)
      * Sylvestre Ledru is working on eficas and homard
      * That leaves astk and aster

There's really no point in distributing this tarball-of-tarballs, so
we're packaging the four unique tarballs from within it as separate

> > Version: 1.5.5
> > Author: EDF (Electricite de France) R&D
> > License: GPL
> > URL: http://www.code-aster.org/
> > Description: Code_Aster build/control system and front-end
> Don't repeat the name of the package in the short description. Also,
> what is it a system and front end for? That is unclear from the
> description.

Okay, I'll use the short version description in the future.

> > ASTK is a client-server front-end for the Code_Aster finite element
> > software (a.k.a. aster), as well as a build system used by Code_Aster
> > and Homard.
> It is unclear to me what this software can do. Can I generate finite
> element models with it? Or is it just a way to start simulations on a
> backend? Can I view models, or meshes, or results of calculations? What
> kind of finite elements are supported? If this is a frontend, is the
> backend also packaged for Debian?

It's the build system and graphical interface for the aster binary(ies)
built in the aster package.

> What is Homard?

Homard is an adaptive mesher linked with aster.

> > The client is written in Tcl, and the server and build system in
> > python.
> I think it doesn't matter what language these tools are written in, as
> long as they do whay they're supposed to do. So this is not useful
> information for the long description. Use the debtags system instead for
> these kinds of annotations.

Okay.  I wanted to provide extra information.  I will just use the
package short and long descriptions in the future.

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