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Re: Bug#493977: ITP: embassy-phylip -- EMBOSS conversions of the programs in the phylip package

Le Wed, Aug 06, 2008 at 01:30:06PM +0200, Guus Sliepen a écrit :
> First of all, the description of the package should be self-contained.
> If it does the same as the phylip package, then copy the description of
> the phylip package, and only add at the end of the description that this
> is an "EMBOSS conversion".
> Then there is the question what an EMBOSS conversion entails. Why would
> one want to use embassy-phylip instead of phylip? The only difference
> you describe is that there is an extra "f" in the filename.
> If the differences between embassy-phylip and phylip are small, then you
> should suggest both upstreams to work together.

Hi Guus,

I hope that the following revised description answers all your questions
at the same time.

 PHYLIP (the PHYLogeny Inference Package) is a package of programs for
 inferring phylogenies (evolutionary trees). Methods that are available
 in the package include parsimony, distance matrix, and likelihood
 methods, including bootstrapping and consensus trees. Data types that
 can be handled include molecular sequences, gene frequencies,
 restriction sites and fragments, distance matrices, and discrete
 EMBASSY packages include applications with the same look and feel as
 EMBOSS applications, but which the author wishes to be kept separate
 from EMBOSS. This is usually because the packages are for specialised
 sequence analysis or for non-sequence based anaylsis, or are licensed
 differently to EMBOSS (i.e. non GPL).
 EMBOSS - the European Molecular Biology Open Software Suite - is an
 analysis package specially developed for the needs of the molecular
 biology user community.
 The EMBASSY PHYLIP programs all have the prefix "f" to distinguish them
 from the original programs.

Charles Plessy
Debian Med packaging team,
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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