[SciPy-dev] petsc - UMFPACK and scipy

John Pye john@curioussymbols....
Wed Apr 18 00:34:42 CDT 2007

David Cournapeau wrote:
> John Pye wrote:
>> Hi David
>> David Cournapeau wrote:
>>> UMFPACK is kind of a pain to compile too 
>>> (depends on two other packages), and let's not even start talking about 
>>> ATLAS, [...]    
>> Just in case you didn't know, UMFPACK (as well as Tim Davis' other code)
>> is part of Debian/Ubuntu. It's named 'libufsparse'. AFAIK it was not in
>> Fedora Core 6 (but this may have changed).
> I know that Debian/Ubuntu makes it much easier to build numpy and scipy 
> than other distributions, basically 2-3 lines to install them and all 
> necessary dependencies :) But I was speaking for other distributions. 
> Sadly, my experience with other distributions (FC 5-6 and openSUSE, at 
> least) show that they are not on par with debian, at least for those 
> packages. And then, you have other OS.
> Anyway, I was just highlighting why adding dependencies makes the 
> packaging job more difficult.
Perhaps the focus should be on getting UMFPACK added to those distros,
rather than working out how to build them as part of scipy? The only
place where this isn't so great is Windows. Windows is always a special
case :-)

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