[AstroPy] astropy in Debian, Scientific Linux?

Sergio Pascual sergio.pasra@gmail....
Sun Apr 7 18:17:50 CDT 2013

Disclaimer: I'm a packager in Fedora Linux


pip will download the tarballs of python packages and compile them using
the available tools in the system. That works well for pure Python
 packages, but once you start with packages with C dependencies things grow
fragile. For example, pip won't install the ATLAS libraries if you don't
have them and you are trying to build numpy. Other packages such as scipy
and matplotlib are difficult to build properly using pip unless you know
what you are doing.

So, in my opinion, a precompiled package is much better solution for a
casual user, someone that wants to write a short script and get a plot

Unless, of course, you don't have root access.


2013/4/8 John Zuhone <jzuhone@gmail.com>

> Sergio,
> I have no idea what you are talking about when you insinuate that using
> pip is a roadblock to getting on with "Science."
> You don't have to download or compile any source code at all to use pip.
> Once installed (from yum or something else), it works just like any other
> package manager.
> Best,
> John Z
>> Sent from Mailbox <https://bit.ly/SZvoJe> for iPhone
> On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 5:50 PM, Sergio Pascual <sergio.pasra@gmail.com>wrote:
>> Hi,
>> the past year we had a discussion about SOFA, an IAU library astropy
>> depends on, see the details here:
>> https://groups.google.com/d/topic/astropy-dev/QVpMZFlsQUo/discussion
>> In short:
>>   * The Fedora legal team reviewed the SOFA license and they considered
>> it non-free.
>>  * I wrote the SOFA board asking for a license change, they did not
>> answered my request
>>  * SOFA and (any program depending on it) *astropy* cannot be included in
>> Fedora or EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) with the current SOFA
>> license.
>>  * astropy could be included by *removing* SOFA and the modules depending
>> on it (astropy.time ?)
>>  * somebody could package SOFA and astropy in rpmfusion.org, which
>> provides non-free/free-with-legal-problems packages for Fedora and EPEL
>>  * or in a different Fedora repository that provides
>>  * I think the situation in Debian is different
>> Not having precompiled packages available in Fedora/EPEL is very bad for
>> astropy in my opinion. From a small sample of 20
>> Professors-Postdocs-Students in my Astrophysics Department, I can say that
>> only those doing software development use "pip". The vast majority use
>> "yum" in Fedora or "fink/macports" in Mac to bring in the package and
>> continue doing Science.
>> Regards, Sergio
>> 2013/4/7 Leo Singer <lsinger@caltech.edu>
>>> Hello,
>>> I would like to use Astropy on Debian and Scientific Linux. My
>>> experiment is pretty strict about using packaged software. Are there are
>>> there any plans to create .debs or .rpms for Astropy?
>>> I know how to create packages for both platforms, so I could help, but I
>>> don't (yet) know much about how the Debian and Scientific Linux/Red
>>> Hat/Fedora communities work, so I would not yet know where or how to submit
>>> them.
>>> Best,
>>> Leo Singer
>>> Graduate Student @ LIGO-Caltech
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