[Perldl] Re: Is PDL Abandonware?

Jake Jaffe jjaffe at broad.mit.edu
Fri Sep 1 10:23:57 HST 2006

Thank you all for the update on PDL and your suggestions.  Ultimately, I 
was able to compile PDL 2.4.3 with Slatec support for ActiveState Perl 
5.8 Build 817 with a few tweaks.  I've attached a few build notes/traces 
that maybe you'll find useful.  All that is left is my embarrassment for 
not having checked the Sourceforge page since the beginning of August 
(hence my query about it being abandonware).

Unfortunately, I will now have to go and build PDL for Perl 5.6 on Linux 
because the GenePattern folks won't be updating their Perl revision 
until November.  Any advice on which Release is likely to work best?


Sisyphus wrote:
>>On 31/08/2006, at 1:46 AM, Jake Jaffe wrote:
> .
> .
>>>The current Perl in GenePattern is 5.6,
> PDL-2.4.3 and 2.4.2 do not work with perl 5.6. Unless you can update to perl
> 5.8, the best you can do (wrt PDL) is use what you already have.
>>>and your PPM for that rev
>>>works fine.
> Once you've updated to ActiveState perl 5.8 the following should install
> ActiveStat'e's ppm package:
> ppm install PDL
> Otherwise you could install the package from the Uwinnipeg repository:
> ppm install http://theoryx5.uwinnipeg.ca/ppms/PDL.ppd
> But neither of those packages have PDL::Slatec functionality - which you
> probably need. I'll be building a package that *does* provide that
> functionality (and more) - hopefully in the next few days.
>>>However, it will be updated to 5.8 in a short time and
>>>thus I will need to have a working version of PDL (specifically
>>>PDL::Fit::Polynomial) for that.  I'm interested in porting more
>>>recent version to ActiveState, but not sure if it's worth it,
> Definitely worth it. Grab the latest version of ActiveState perl - it works
> seamlessly with 'dmake'  (available from
> http://search.cpan.org/dist/dmake/ ) and MinGW.
>>> as
>>>the main PDL website pdl.perl.org seems to be abandoned and there
>>>hasn't been a new PDL rev in quite some time.  Anyway, if you can
>>>offer any advice I'd be appreciative.  If I compile with MinGW can
>>>I get it to work with ActiveState, or will it only work with MinGW
>>>compiled Perl?
> Building ExtUtils::F77 and PDL with MinGW will be fine for ActiveState perl
> (5.8). MinGW's fortran compiler (g77.exe) will be found and used if the
> MinGW\bin is in your path.
> See the Win32\INSTALL file in the PDL-2.4.3 source (or view that page at
> http://search.cpan.org/src/CSOE/PDL-2.4.3/win32/INSTALL ) for more complete
> details.
>>> It seems like it might be hard to get ExtUtils::F77
>>>to compile for ActiveState, too.
> Not so - with ActiveState build 817 (or later), dmake and MinGW, you should
> find that both EU::F77 and PDL build "straight out of the box" with 'perl
> Makefile.PL', 'dmake', and 'dmake test'.
> Basically:
> 1) Install dmake and add the location of 'dmake.exe' to your path
> 2) Install MinGW and add 'MinGW\bin' to your path.
> 3) Install AS build 817 (or later build, if such exists).
> 4) Build and install ExtUtils::F77-1.15. (Don't try an earlier version.)
> 5) Build and install PDL-2.4.3 from CPAN source
> http://search.cpan.org/~csoe/PDL-2.4.3/
> Cheers,
> Rob

Jacob D. Jaffe, Ph.D.
Proteomics Group
The Broad Institute
7 Cambridge Center - Room 5025
Cambridge, MA 02142
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