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Re: Pkgsrc binary packages now available for scientific computing
Binary pkgsrc packages are now available for 2017Q2.
Supported platforms: (*)
o RHEL/CentOS 6 and 7
o Darwin 15 and 16
o NetBSD 7.1
* The pkgsrc project supports most popular POSIX compatible operating
systems. The list above refers only to those for which we provide
quarterly binary packages.
New this quarter:
o All RHEL/CentOS 6 packages are built using GCC 4.8, rather than the
stock GCC 4.4.
o Numerous packages have been fixed, including octave 4.2.
o Many upgrades, bug fixes, and enhancements since 2017Q1.
On 06/01/17 15:04, Jason Bacon wrote:
The University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee research computing group is
now providing binary pkgsrc packages suitable for use in scientific
For those who are not familiar, pkgsrc is a cross-platform package
manager analogous to Debian packages, FreeBSD ports, MacPorts,
Portage, Yum, etc.
The pkgsrc system was originally developed by the NetBSD community and
like most NetBSD code, portability is one of the primary goals. In
addition to NetBSD, many other POSIX platforms such as RHEL/CentOS,
Mac OS X, Solaris, and other BSD and Linux platforms are well supported.
The pkgsrc collection currently contains over 17,000 packages and is
We have been using pkgsrc for many years on our CentOS systems to
deploy the latest open source software.
As a service to the community, we are now performing bulk builds for
each quarterly pkgsrc release. The binary packages generated by these
builds can be installed in seconds, as opposed to the many hours
required to build large packages such as GCC from source. We are
currently performing bulk builds for CentOS 6 and 7, Mac OS X El
Capitan, and NetBSD 7.1.
Unlike most package collections, which are continuously updated, our
pkgsrc collections are snapshots that will remain unaltered, except
for occasional new package additions, bug fixes, or security
enhancements. Hence, they are suitable for long-term studies where
results must be replicated faithfully over many years.
Full details are available on our website:
Suggestions and contributions are more than welcome.
We hope that many researchers will find these packages valuable for
Jason W. Bacon
Research Computing Support
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
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