[Numpy-discussion] Possible solution to binary distributionproblems for numpy on linux?

LUK ShunTim shuntim.luk@polyu.edu...
Thu Feb 15 23:13:23 CST 2007

Keir Mierle wrote:
> On 2/15/07, Charles R Harris <charlesr.harris@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 2/12/07, LUK ShunTim <shuntim.luk@polyu.edu.hk> wrote:
>>> David Cournapeau wrote:
>>>> Keith Goodman wrote:
>>>>> On 2/11/07, David Cournapeau <david@ar.media.kyoto-u.ac.jp> wrote:
>>>>>> My impression is that binary distribution of numpy is a big problem
>>>>>> for many linux users, and that is entry barrier for many users (I may
>>>>>> be wrong, that's just an impression from the ML).
>>>>>> Do all of the major GNU/Linux distributions have recent versions of
>>>>>> NumPy?
>>>>> Debian Etch is at NumPy 1.0.1
>>>> I think debian has numpy now (I am not using debian on workstation
>>>> anymore, so I am not really following), but what about new versions of
>>>> numpy/scipy ? If I want to give some of my code to people in my lab who
>>>> do not use the same distribution than me, can I give a 10 minutes
>>>> instructions set to have everything ?
>>> "Bleeding-edge apt-get repository" according to their web page.
>>> "To use it add the following line to you /etc/apt/sources.list"
>>> deb http://deb-scipy.alioth.debian.org/apt ./
>> Yep. In general, if you are using a Linux distro it is quite easy to use the
>> svn repository. It seem to be on the Mac and Windows that folks have
>> problems, particularly in filling the dependencies on Atlas if they want
>> efficiency.
>> That said, Numpy and MatplotLab have settled enough that the standard
>> packages are probably adequate.
> While this is true for people admining their own machines, this is not the case
> for people without root access. For example, it is a major hassle to install
> numpy on the computers at my university for exactly this reason.

Probably OT now, ...

Ya, I can understand your feeling very well and therefore, I administer
my own box. :-)

A possible workaround for Debian is debootstrap, which enables one to
build a chroot debian system inside an existing one. Some infromation here


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