[AstroPy] Fwd: [Fwd: Putting astronomy packages on PyPI]

Erik Bray embray at stsci.edu
Wed May 4 12:17:46 EDT 2011

Sorry, I didn't look at AstroPy at all yesterday.

Everything suggested by the original poster will be possible with the 
work I'm doing (and in fact already is possibly for all of stsci_python 
except betadrizzle, though I haven't done most of Astrolib yet).

Once we get some source dists for these projects on PyPI it'll work 
either with easy_install or (preferably) `pip install`.

On 05/04/2011 12:14 PM, Perry Greenfield wrote:
> Hi Erik,
> What did you want to do about this?
> Begin forwarded message:
>> From: Perry Greenfield <perry at stsci.edu>
>> Date: May 3, 2011 10:36:48 AM EDT
>> To: "Victoria G. Laidler" <laidler at stsci.edu>
>> Cc: Mark Sienkiewicz <sienkiew at stsci.edu>, <embray at stsci.edu>
>> Subject: Re: [Fwd: [AstroPy] Putting astronomy packages on PyPI]
>> I've asked Erik if he wants to address this since he's been working on
>> just this sort of thing.
>> On May 3, 2011, at 10:10 AM, Victoria G. Laidler wrote:
>>> Not sure if you all follow Astropy, but here's a specific request for
>>> distribution options for three of our astrolib packages.
>>> If we were going to do this with anything in Astrolib, I'd probably
>>> like to include pysynphot as well.
>>> -------- Original Message --------
>>> Subject: [AstroPy] Putting astronomy packages on PyPI
>>> Date: Tue, 3 May 2011 09:34:35 -0400
>>> From: Tom Aldcroft <aldcroft at head.cfa.harvard.edu>
>>> To: astropy <astropy at scipy.org>
>>> I see there has been some discussion previously on the idea of putting
>>> packages on PyPI (in particular for vo-0.6). There did not seem to
>>> have been a resolution so I want to ask once more why it is not
>>> possible or desirable to do so.
>>> As background, over the last two months my colleagues and I at CfA
>>> have been running a series of workshops on Practical Python for
>>> Astronomers. The first and most difficult workshop was building a
>>> usable Python installation on individual laptops supporting Mac
>>> (mostly), linux, and Windows. Once we got the base installation done
>>> with Python, NumPy, SciPy and matplotlib then there were a bunch of
>>> other packages that we use during the workshops. The instructions for
>>> installing these were:
>>> easy_install asciitable
>>> easy_install
>>> http://www.stsci.edu/resources/software_hardware/pyfits/pyfits-2.4.0.tar.gz
>>> easy_install pywcs
>>> easy_install atpy
>>> easy_install aplpy
>>> easy_install http://stsdas.stsci.edu/astrolib/vo-0.6.tar.gz
>>> easy_install http://stsdas.stsci.edu/astrolib/coords-0.37.tar.gz
>>> easy_install pyparsing
>>> easy_install pyregion
>>> For the most part this worked quite well across all the platforms. So
>>> why can't pyfits, vo, and coords be there on PyPI to supply the
>>> download URL to easy_install in a uniform and non-version-dependent
>>> way? (The fact that I'm singling out those three should be taken as a
>>> compliment that they are useful and worth the bother). Of course you
>>> cannot guarantee that this will *always* build properly, but it's
>>> certainly worth an initial try the "easy" way.
>>> If package authors could make their source distribution available via
>>> PyPI would be a nice step toward making Python easier to adopt for
>>> astronomers. Again I understand there can be complications and
>>> ensuring perfection is impossible, but sometimes better is the enemy
>>> of good.
>>> - Tom
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