[Numpy-discussion] draft release guide

Ralf Gommers ralf.gommers@googlemail....
Wed Mar 24 05:45:43 CDT 2010


On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 5:50 PM, Francesc Alted <faltet@pytables.org> wrote:

> A Wednesday 24 March 2010 01:49:50 Ralf Gommers escrigué:
> > On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 1:40 AM, Christopher Barker
> >
> > <Chris.Barker@noaa.gov>wrote:
> > > Ralf Gommers wrote:
> > > > At http://github.com/rgommers/NumPy-release-guide you can find a
> > > > summary of how to set up your system to build numpy binaries on OS X.
> I
> > > > still have to add info on scipy (that's turning out to be fairly
> > > > painful) but for numpy it is pretty complete.
> > > >
> > > > Any feedback is appreciated!
> > >
> > > We really don't want to supply binaries for python 2.5 anymore?
> > >
> > > (maybe this will get me to finally switch!
> >
> > That's fast, I was hoping to get away with that one!
> >
> > I discussed a bit with David, and he suggested to not make 2.5 binaries
> for
> > scipy 0.7.2 and then see if there was still any demand. It's a lot of
> work
> > with perhaps not so much return. Of course a maintenance release of scipy
> > with no new features may be a different story from a new release of
> > numpy/scipy. So by no means is this decided or even publicly discussed. I
> >  do want to point out that we have not provided 2.4 binaries for a while
> >  without much demand.
> >
> > So now the question: who still wants and uses 2.5 binaries?
>
> I do.  I think at least 2 binary versions is a recommendable practice for
> allowing people to change versions more comfortably.
>

Okay thanks, that's two people already so I'll try.

>
> Also, I have read the draft and I cannot see references to 64-bit binary
> packages.  With the advent of Windows 7 and Mac OSX Snow Leopard, 64-bit
> are
> way more spread than before, so they would be a great thing to deliver,
> IMO.
>

The reason is that for OS X the binaries from python.org are 32-bit only so
far. Apple Python is 64-bit, but seems to have its own issues (way behind
with bug fix releases, maybe there's more). David told me to always only
target the python.org version, which makes sense to me.

For Windows 7, I agree it's worth looking into 64-bits binaries, but can't
tell you right now how easy that would be.

Cheers,
Ralf
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