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Re: Packaging ASL

Dear Debian Developers,

I wanted to see ASL - Advanced Simulation Library <http://asl.org.il> as
part of Debian. I contacted an experienced DD who kindly agreed to
upload and maintain it however he didn't have the time to create the
initial package (see his email bellow). I was advised to create it
myself according to this guide:


After looking on the doc I decided to give it a try (despite having no
packaging knowledge/experience) and after overcoming some technical
difficulties I managed to make some progress:


Later it turned out (see second email) that the doc describes only the
steps specific to Debian Science while there is much more to do/read (->
"New maintainers guide", etc) :-(((
May I ask somebody to volunteer to finish the initial creation of the
package, so it can be uploaded?
It has been developed/tested on Debian since 2010 so the process should
be smooth.
Packaging efforts for other distros are underway and probably can be
helpful for Debian [1].

Thank you,
In short about the library:
It is an OpenCL-based multiphysics simulation software that can be
deployed (besides CPU) on different massively parallel architectures
like GPUs, FPGAs, DSPs etc. and covers a variety of physical and
chemical phenomena. It can be utilized in a number of fields:

- CFD: http://asl.org.il/benchmarks/multicomponent_flow/
- image-guided surgery: http://avtechscientific.com/cryovision
- crystal growth:
- virtual sensing (i.a. medical): http://avtechscientific.com/brainshift
- R&D of biomed devices (i.a. microfluidics):
- etc., etc..


> Hi all,
> I talked to Zeev regarding this package and I would upload
> it, if its packaging state would fit to our requirements. But
> sorry, I do not have time for the moment to package it from
> the zero point.
> Surely, it would be a nice package for the scientists and
> engineers in Debian archive.

> On Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 04:06:53PM +0300, Zeev Pekar wrote:
> > I uploaded ASL <http://asl.org.il> to:
> > 
> > ssh://git.debian.org/git/debian-science/packages/asl.git
> > 
> > 
> > Please, let me know, whether it lacks anything...
> It lacks
>     debian/changelog
>     debian/rules
>     debian/compat
>     debian/source/format
> at minimum.  Also debian/control has some fields differently
> as per policy.  Please dive into the several existing examples
> of Debian Science packages and the "New maintainers guide".
> Kind regards
>           Andreas.
> -- 
> http://fam-tille.de

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