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Re: Installing the whole set of scientific packages

On Sun, Feb 11, 2007 at 12:28:13PM -0500, Michael Gilbert wrote:
> hello,
> one of my professors just switched to Debian, and he was complaining
> that there was no easy way to install all of the scientific packages
> (compared to Fedora where he could just select the check mark next to
> "science" in their package manager gui and get everything he needed).
> instead he has to manually apt-get everything he needs with debian.
> is there any way to easily install all the scientific apps/libraries?
> thanks for any thoughts.  have a good day.
First, by the definition of the the Priority field, it is only
guaranteed to be possible to co-install all the
optional,standard,important,required packages.  extra packages can
conflict with each other, or packages of higher priority.  In practice,
even the set of !extra packages may not be co-installable (this is a

$ grep-aptavail -ns Package -F Section science --and --not -F Priority extra |grep -Fxv "$(for p in xmakemol php4-gpib netcdf-bin minc-tools gri gri-el dx; do echo $p; done)" |xargs sudo apt-get -y install
Need to get 337MB of archives.
After unpacking 963MB of additional disk space will be used.

The set of packages may need to be tweaked, depending on what your
available suites are, and what is in those suites.


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