Fedora Merge Review: pvm
Initial Owner: firstname.lastname@example.org
The package hasn't gone through a merge review, and as pointed out on the fedora-devel list there are some glaring problems with the current spec file, see
Please modernize the spec file to conform to the current Packaging Guidelines.
pvm is dead upstream and has been for years. I see little sense in modernizing something that more likely should simply be dropped.
Of course, that's a perfectly valid alternative as well.
Looks like someone is trying to keep it alive:
but I'm not sure it can be considered an official upstream.
(In reply to Richard Shaw from comment #4)
> Looks like someone is trying to keep it alive:
> but I'm not sure it can be considered an official upstream.
Note that's on the same server as pvm upstream, and the unofficial tarballs are of the same version as the latest stable release of pvm... So I wouldn't say it's alive.
I'm thinking it's still pretty dead. The PVM on that site worked on PVM, which led them into a new project they called Harness, which in turn developed technologies that are now present in Open MPI according to their Harness page. The last PVM related research publication listed on ~kohl's web pages was back in the 90's (follow his link to PVM, then close to the bottom of that page there is a link to their team roster as well as a link to publications by the team, the last publications were in 1995).
I say we declare it dead and remove it from the distribution.
I just looked at mplayer and I can't see where pvm is required anymore, no BuildRequires for it that I can find so yes, let's kick pvm to the curb.
I'm looking at packaging NEURON - which is a neuron simulator widely used in computational neuroscience research. Unfortunately, NEURON, is quite old, but still maintained, and uses pvm for parallel computing. I could take up this review and correct the pvm spec - only because it'll make the NEURON build more complete.
It's all yours! I hope you've looked at how it's currently packaged. It's atrocious.
It may or may not be possible to bring it 100% into guideline compliance but any improvements would be welcomed at this point.
(In reply to Richard Shaw from comment #9)
> It's all yours! I hope you've looked at how it's currently packaged. It's
> It may or may not be possible to bring it 100% into guideline compliance but
> any improvements would be welcomed at this point.
Well, I'll give it a fair try - and if it's really that difficult, we can drop it.
Taking over the bz.
I have retired pvm for el6 and epel7, I would recommend you do the same, this thing is a nightmare.
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