[AstroPy] POLL: vision for a common Astronomy package
sienkiew at stsci.edu
Fri Jul 8 14:36:01 EDT 2011
On 7/8/11 1:42 PM, astropy at liska.ath.cx wrote:
> I think that the solution to provide an option for the use of external
> packages is a solution everyone agreed about?
To summarize for anybody who has not been following this discussion closely:
Some portion of Astropy may want to use some C code that comes from an
We can provide a copy of that library code along with Astropy. For a
user installing from source code, the python install just does the right
thing; there is no need to download/compile/install the external package
If we do provide the library, we also provide an option to the setup.py
to explicitly say "use the library that is already installed <here>
instead of the C sources distributed with Astropy". A packager can use
this option to integrate with other packages provided by the linux
So, we have a solution. All of the rest of the discussion has centered
around which group of users you think you need to worry about: can use
a package, or cannot use a package.
There are substantial use cases for both categories. We have a solution
that works well for both and at very little cost.
Otherwise, I think all we need to do is acknowledge that both use cases
are important in different situations, and that we are happy to make
them both work smoothly.
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