[Bioperl-l] BioPerl 1.6 RC1

Sendu Bala bix at sendu.me.uk
Fri Dec 26 17:15:07 EST 2008

Alex Lancaster wrote:
> I'm the Fedora packager for bioperl.  I note on the release notes page
> that Bio::Graphics has been split off into it's own CPAN module.
> Since in most Linux distributions a single tarball = a single RPM = a
> single package. How many .tar.gz files (and therefore packages) are
> now required to install bioperl?

BioPerl has started to move toward a number of smaller packages that 
will let people install only what they actually need. There will be a 
'core' package of essential modules, and a bunch of these new smaller 
packages that rely on core.

 From a certain point of view it could be that 'to install bioperl' == 
'to install bioperl core', in which case the answer to your question is 
'1' .tar.gz to install.

As a convenience to the user who wants to install all BioPerl packages, 
there will be a CPAN Bundle (at the least). Fedora package-wise, I guess 
you'd do whatever you currently do to emulate CPAN bundles.

> If Bio::Graphics is now not included inside the bioperl tarball and is
> required for bioperl

It isn't. Bio::Graphics depends on BioPerl, but BioPerl does not depend 
on Bio::Graphics.

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