[AstroPy] astropy in Debian, Scientific Linux?

Leo Singer lsinger@caltech....
Fri Apr 12 13:06:51 CDT 2013

On Apr 12, 2013, at 10:00 AM, astropy-request@scipy.org wrote:

> From: Derek Homeier <derek@astro.physik.uni-goettingen.de>
> Subject: Re: [AstroPy] astropy in Debian, Scientific Linux?
> Date: April 12, 2013 8:47:05 AM PDT
> To: "astropy@scipy.org list" <astropy@scipy.org>
> Hi,
> On 07.04.2013, at 11:50PM, Sergio Pascual <sergio.pasra@gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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.
> as a note on that, I have just created a fink package for astropy 0.2.1, and while I have
> not looked at the SOFA license in detail, I could probably upload it on the package tracker
> so people could at least download and build their own .debs with it.
> It's a rather basic port so far simply using the included wcslib, sofa and expat; from a packaging
> point of view it would probably be preferable to put those int o separate packages (and deal
> with the licenses separately…)
> I am also having trouble creating a .deb that would pass validation by the packing system,
> since setup.py install copies byte-compiled .pyc files from the build dir into the installation dir,
> and such files (which point to the wrong path after installation) are not accepted in validated
> .deb packages. I have not been able to overcome this even trying to rip apart the install steps
> in whatever way I found (and I am not an expert with setuptools), so if anyone has an idea how
> to tell setuptools/distribute not to copy the .pyc's in the first place (no other package like numpy
> or matplotblib does this apparently), I'd be very grateful.


Are you saying that fink is somehow creating .debs? Where are you developing your Debian packaging? I could take a look at it.

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