Debian packages of (scientific) Java libraries
frothmai at ari.uni-heidelberg.de
Wed Feb 8 16:36:16 UTC 2012
Dear Debian Java Maintainers,
I work on an astronomy project called "Virtual Observatory" (VO) at the
University of Heidelberg. In our working group, we had the idea to start
Debian-packaging of VO-related software widespreadly used by
professional and amateur astronomers.
By creating Debian packages of VO-related libraries and applications, we
aim at facilitating the installation and maintenance of VO clients on
Debian(-derived) systems and the distribution of astronomical software
and its dependencies within the open-source community.
One of our projects is the dpkging of the graphical viewer and data
editor TOPCAT, see
When I started my packaging work, I had to note that a large number of
external libs required by TOPCAT comes along in .jar archives.
Fortunately, some of them have already been dpkged (e.g. libdomj4-java,
libjetty-java or libjfreechart-java), others haven't. I understood that
I would have to focus on the prerequisites for packaging TOPCAT, i.e. on
generating local Debian packages for TOPCAT's dependencies.
Right now, I have ~10 Debian packages of Java libraries ready, so far
only available on my local machine.
I would be very grateful for any hint or suggestion on the best way I
should proceed with my astronomy packaging project.
Thanks in advance and best regards,
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