[Pipet Devel] welcome

Timothy H. Keitt Timothy.Keitt at SUNYSB.Edu
Fri Sep 29 18:39:10 EDT 2000

"J.W. Bizzaro" wrote:

> "Timothy H. Keitt" wrote:
> >
> > I am a lurker. :-)  Really what I want to do is evaluate piper to see if it fits my
> > needs (environmental systems modeling, spatial ecology).  It seems that the first
> > order of business is packaging.  If users can download and try the software using
> > rpm/dpkg, then they will get interested contributing.  (My preference would be debs as
> > I'm running debian.  Most of the support libraries are already available in woody.)
> Hey Tim,
> Since I'm promoting the system to computer users of intermediate experience,
> packaging is a big issue to me.  But, like everything else, we can't do it if
> no one here can help.  I know that Brad, Jarl and Jean-Marc have all said that
> they don't care for packages, that they'd rather build from the source, so we

Its much cleaner to build from a source package and then install the package rather than
build from a tar ball, unless of course you're one of those unfortunate individuals who
doesn't have a packing system! ;-)

> can't expect them to do it.  I might be able to help with RPM's, but I'll have
> to learn first :-P
> If you want to help build .deb packages, that'd be great.  It would help bring
> Piper to a larger audience (although Debian users may know how to compile
> code, Corel users use dpkg too).

I've built rpms, but not debs.  Anyway, I can't really offer the time although the project
sounds quite interesting.


Timothy H. Keitt
Department of Ecology and Evolution
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Phone: 631-632-1101, FAX: 631-632-7626

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