[Bioperl-l] Cleanup of BioPerl distribution website

Chris Fields cjfields at uiuc.edu
Sun Sep 17 21:03:03 UTC 2006

On Sep 17, 2006, at 1:46 PM, Mauricio Herrera Cuadra wrote:

> Nathan S. Haigh wrote:
>> I don't have any immediate problems about the changes either. I've
>> seen a few posts recently about installing Bioperl on Windows - how
>> soon will 1.5.2 been released? It's not too difficult to generate a
>> new ppd file etc so I could make a barebones ppd for 1.5.1?
> Go ahead if you want, I'll gladly upload it to the DIST directory.

If so, we'll need to update package.lst to include it as well.

>> I know when I made the ppd file for 1.5 I included a lot of prereqs
>> to ensure that most of bioperl would work without the need to
>> manually install the modules later once the user found out that
>> something didn't work. Personally, despite the need to download and
>> install a lot more packages in one sitting, I thought this was
>> important since Windows users that install bioperl are probably (or
>> more likely) not from a programming background (no offence intended
>> if your a whiz programmer working in Windows! :o) ). Therefore, their
>> first experience of bioperl would get off to a better start if
>> everything worked out of the hat after its installation, despite
>> having a longer/bigger install. What do you think?
> Definitely this would be better, not only for Windows installations :)

Make sure that the required packages and versions are available for  
Windows as well.  As for other systems, we could always ask Chris D.  
to add any extra dependencies to Bundle::Bioperl on CPAN in  
anticipation for this release.

>> What is the state of play with regards to tracking dependencies? I've
>>  just noticed that Makefile.PL has a lot more packages in %packages,
>> is this a complete list of prereqs? If so, could they be added to
>> PREREQ_PM in the WriteMakefile sub in order to make it easier for
>> generating a ppd with a complete prereqs list?
>> Nath
> Supposedly it's complete, so they should be the same ones to add into
> the ppd file. Take a look into Bioperl-1.5.ppd in the 'old_releases'
> directory, since it's for the 1.5.0 release, the list should be very
> similar to the one you'll have to create.
> Mauricio.
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> arareko at campus.iztacala.unam.mx
> Laboratorio de Genética
> Unidad de Morfofisiología y Función
> Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala, UNAM

There may be a few more; I need to add XML::Simple myself.

Christopher Fields
Postdoctoral Researcher
Lab of Dr. Robert Switzer
Dept of Biochemistry
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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