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Old 02-07-2012, 10:11 AM
Ole Streicher
 
Default Bug#659003: ITP: slalib -- Positional Astronomy Library

Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Owner: Ole Streicher <debian@liska.ath.cx>
X-Debbugs-Cc: debian-devel@lists.debian.org, debian-science@lists.debian.org


* Package name : slalib
Version : 2.5.4
Upstream Author : Pat Wallace :
* URL : http://starlink.jach.hawaii.edu/starlink
* License : GPLv2+
Programming Lang: F77
Description : Positional Astronomy Library
SLALIB1is a library of routines intended to make accurate and
reliable positional-astronomy applications easier to write. Most
SLALIB routines are concerned with astronomical position and time, but
a number have wider trigonometrical, numerical or general
applications.

This package is built in preparation to build saods9
<http://bugs.debian.org/655648> and starlink-libast
<http://bugs.debian.org/657957>.

Its main goal is to replace the obfuscated C-code that is used within
these libraries by a well-documented and open sourced Fortran code.
I plan to do the C interface similarly to the old inclusion of slalib in
saods9 by Justin Pryzby.

However, there is no official slalib tar ball, only an (untagged) git
repository, To make it more confusing, starlink doesn't use version
numbers, but code names for their releases -- the current one is
"namaka", and the next will be "kaulia". However, internally (files
sla.news, components.xml) they use version numbers which I will use.
I will not be able to provide a working watch file :-(

Some links:
- Programmer's manual http://star-www.rl.ac.uk/docs/sun67.htx/sun67.html
- GIT repository
http://starlink.jach.hawaii.edu/git/?p=starlink.git;a=tree;f=libraries/sla;h=1e88f89e36f83c9370a1b088ab4e7e995519ea56;hb= HEAD
- Starlink home page http://starlink.jach.hawaii.edu/starlink
- Home page of the original author of slalib (Pat Wallace):
http://www.tpsoft.demon.co.uk/

I appreciate any comments on the goal or packaging hints.

Best

Ole



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