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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 computing.

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 growing fast.

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 their work.


  Jason W. Bacon
  Systems Manager
  Research Computing Support
  University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

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