[SciPy-dev] Re: [Numpy-discussion] Trying out Numeric3

Pearu Peterson pearu at scipy.org
Fri Mar 25 01:22:33 EST 2005

On Fri, 25 Mar 2005, Travis Oliphant wrote:

>> For example, if a developer uses scipyfortran package in a package, it 
> immidiately reduces the number of >potential users for this package.
> While I'm not in love with my suggestion and would prefer to see better ones 
> put forward,  wouldn't any system that uses routines not available unless you 
> have a fortran-compiled package installed be a problem?  I was just proposing 
> not "hiding" this from the developer but making it explicit.
> What do you propose to do for those situations?  I was just proposing putting 
> them in a separate hierarchy so the developer is aware he is using something 
> that requires fortran.    I actually think that it's somewhat of a non-issue 
> myself, and feel that people who don't have fortran compilers will look for 
> binaries anyway.

Such an situation can be avoided if a package is extended with new 
wrappers parallel for all backend cases. For example, when adding a new 
interface to a lapack routine then to the scipy_base sources must be added 
both Fortran and f2c versions of the corresponding routine.


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