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Re: Geant321 and geant4 in science package


Just to let you know, I have not been using a Debian based system for a
good while now, which is why I haven't contributed much to the discussion.

The packages I uploaded were from the pre-cmake days, so you could
probably scrap quite a bit of it (Liefeng or someone else already wrote
newer build scripts?). At the same time, the maintainer who originally
wrote them (Kevin McCarty) did a very nice job, so structure-wise you
might want to use it for inspiration.

Legal issues is not something I know anything about.

To my knowledge, I am still officially the maintainer of our Debian
repository at CERN. I would be happy to help out in any way I can so
that you can upload more recent versions of Geant4 to the server (and/or
other CERN-related packages). This should impose no legal issues
whatsoever as far as I am aware.


Den 24. jan. 2014 12:36, skrev Christophe Hugon:
> Hi,
> I relaunch the question of GEANT4.
> I tried the repository that you introduced me, but it wasn't
> satisfying (not up to date, I had some bug troubles...)
> The version 4.10 of Geant is out, so I had to recompile it and I
> wasn't satisfy to do it locally on all of my computer and only for
> myself.
> So I was wondering, since it is not DFSG-conformed due to an
> anti-patent clause in the license, isn't its place in the contrib part
> of the debian project ? If it is the case, with which contribution
> group should I get in contact ?
> An other point, I otfen use this soft
> http://sourceforge.net/projects/plotdigitizer/ to get back the data
> from plots (mainly from old publications). I find it very useful, it
> is under GPLv2 or LGPLv2. I didn't find this packet in the debian
> science project. I would like to create it. I could start with this
> one first.
> If you have some comments or some advices for a beginner, thanks in
> advance.
> Christophe
> On 04/17/2013 02:14 AM, Lifeng Sun wrote:
>> Hi Christophe,
>> I am the maintainer of geant321. Geant4 is not DFSG-conformed due to
>> an anti-patent clause in the license so we cannot maintain it as a
>> Debian official package [1].
>> However, Yngve Inntjore Levinsen (CC'ed) maintains an unofficial
>> Debian package of Geant4 in CERN [2], but it's quite a long time since
>> the last update. The packaging stuff is hosted on [3].
>> [1] http://wiki.debian.org/DebianScience/Geant4
>> [2] http://lcg-heppkg.web.cern.ch/lcg-heppkg/debian/
>> [3]
>> http://anonscm.debian.org/gitweb/?p=debian-science/packages/geant4.git
>> Welcome,
>> Lifeng
>> On 15:18 Tue 04/16/13 Apr     , Christophe Hugon wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> I'm very interested in debian since few years, in a good part because
>>> the science packages are not bad. But I think that it should even
>>> better with the geant4 package. I don't know why, geant3 is in
>>> packages since years.
>>> Maybe I can start contributions for packaging by that (I'm
>>> physicist), but I don't know how to enter in contact with science
>>> maintainers, and how to start.
>>> Regards
>>> Christophe
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