Package: hdf5 Severity: wishlist As you know, building against MPI is tricky. Lots of folks have adopted a strategy of building against OpenMPI on architectures it supports and using LAM for the rest . However, that means the knowledge of which architectures can build OpenMPI is replicated in the control files of many packages. I package MINC, which uses MPI via hdf5. The current hdf5 packaging forces me to replicate this information in the MINC control file.
Recently, Adam Powell created a meta-package  to centralize this knowledge; c.f. discussion in . The new meta-package produces two binary meta-packages: mpi-default-dev and mpi-default-bin which depend on libopenmpi-dev and openmpi-bin respectively on the platforms where they are available, and lam4-dev and lam-runtime on the others. Please consider introducing corresponding mpi-using hdf5 packages, either in addition to libhdf5-lam, libhdf5-mpich, etc or as a replacement for them. The goal would be to have libhdf5-mpi-default-dev for packages such as MINC to build with. Cheers, -Steve  http://lists.debian.org/debian-science/2008/10/msg00097.html  http://packages.qa.debian.org/m/mpi-defaults.html  http://lists.debian.org/debian-science/2008/11/msg00051.html -- System Information: Debian Release: 5.0 APT prefers unstable APT policy: (500, 'unstable') Architecture: amd64 (x86_64) Kernel: Linux 2.6.26-1-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores) Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8) Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash _______________________________________________ Pkg-grass-devel mailing list Pkgemail@example.com http://lists.alioth.debian.org/mailman/listinfo/pkg-grass-devel