FC4 slimfast slimfest

Satish Balay balay at fastmail.fm
Tue Feb 22 15:05:20 UTC 2005

On Mon, 21 Feb 2005, Jeff Spaleta wrote:

> Sadly its packaged as a sub-package of gcc srpm, so it cant be
> easily handed off over the Core/Extras barrier. And if the
> sub-package were simply not included the people who need it, like
> me, will end up rebuilding the gcc srpm to renable the gcc-f77
> subpackage.

To chime in a bit more into this g77 issue - gcc-g77 acts as both:
provides:g77[compiler], libf2c-devel[libraries]

If a user[/developer] needs to compile a piece of scientific c++ code
which uses a fancy c++ foobar package - which inturn offloads some
work to fortran libraries like 'blas' - then the following depencency
exists [even though this user never has to compile any F77 code]

user-code -> foobar-package -> blas [aka devel] -> libf2c-devel 
i.e needs gcc-g77 package to be installed.

Also - making it difficult to get g77 makes fedora difficult for
cluster computing [where codes of the above type are pretty common]


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