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Re: Scientific software packaging

On Monday 23 May 2011 14.19.44 Steffen Möller wrote:

> Hello,


> On 05/23/2011 01:30 PM, Yngve Inntjore Levinsen wrote:

> > On Monday 23 May 2011 12.29.15 Gürkan Sengün wrote:

> >> That sounds fantastic, do you already have ready packages that I could test?

> > You can test the ROOT packages which we distribute from CERN (unofficially) here:

> >

> > http://cern.ch/lcg-heppkg/debian/

> >

> > I assume Lifeng have used similar packaging scripts (and his efforts to get them into proper Debian channels are highly appreciated!).

> I just read through those pages. You mention source and binary packages,

> packaging for sid,

> explained backports, reprepro, reads all very nice.


> Have you considered sharing your 'debian' folders with the Debian science

> repository? There is no need to upload all the program code. And you do not

> even need to have anything ready to be uploaded. This way you would share

> you insights on how to compile on the various platforms through sharing the

> build instructions. This should also allow to work with Lifeng together

> on those

> packages and everyone would feel exceptionally well about those, even

> though your support would remain not to be official. You can e.g. use

> README.Debian for a disclaimer.


> Best regards,


> Steffen




Hi Steffen,

I did not start this project, Axel Naumann and Kevin B. McCarty did. Since Kevin left the game I took over the Geant4 packaging (according to best efforts of course, I cannot give guarantees on the quality of my packaging from my level of expertise). People are more than welcome to download packaging scripts and suggest improvements/report bugs of course. The reason we keep it internally at CERN is, as explained, because of licensing problems and similar.

I have not considered sharing the debian folders with Debian Science. I currently do not have much time on my hand to work on this, and I would expect that some quality control would have to be done etc (actually the latest Geant4 patch does not compile at the moment and I did not have time to fix). You are all free to download the sources using "apt-get source" of course, and I will be happy to try to explain what I have done. I am unsure if I understand your question though, you mean to give you the link of the folders from the server, or is there some "formal" way to publish the packaging scripts without the source code? I have no objection to distributing the packaging scripts (the respective authors would have to agree first), but the sources like CLHEP and Geant4 have difficult licensing so from what I understand we cannot distribute the sources outside CERN.



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