Re: Another try at IRAF?

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great news! Right now i use iraf using my own rpms, which are quite dirty (i just repackaged the binaries and I'm new to rpm packaging, available at ). I just started the work at a Fedora based spin for astronomy purposes to get an easy usable system for my astronomy group. Maybe it is possible to create an official spin when the packages are ready. In my experience it is a quite big problem to get a clean working system with IRAF etc. for many people new to linux.
Of course I'm able to test your packages and i will participate in fedora-astronomy when possible.

Best Regards,
Christian Dersch

2013/3/6 Sergio Pascual <sergiopr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

when you finish the package I'm willing to review it (unless you need a mentor :)

Regards, Sergio

2013/3/6 Joseph Wang <joequant@xxxxxxxxx>
Just an update.  I've been told on astrobetter that a lot of work has
been done in
making IRAF easier to build from source in 2.16, and I've found that this is the
case.  Right now I've gotten the bootstrap compiler working.  There is
one sub-library
(libVO) that is not working, but I think i can get that working within a week.

Once we have IRAF in, I'll look at PyRaf.  Once that is in this means that the
big three professional astronomy packages will be available via standard
RPM (ds9, midas, iraf).

One thing about the astronomy community is that it's been moving heavily toward
Macintosh, and I'm hoping that by making RPM's available with on the standard
distributions, linux is going to be able to stay competitive.  It's
also important to
make the packages standard parts of a linux distribution because making them
add-ons means that they don't use the build test infrastructure of the
as well as the non-astronomy human infrastructure.

On Sun, Mar 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM, Joseph Wang <joequant@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Anyone game for trying to package IRAF (again)?
> With 2.16 all of the licensing issues have been fixed.  The build
> system is ancient but with github we might be able to hack away on
> that.
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