Debian Bug report logs - #659003
ITP: slalib -- Positional Astronomy Library

Package: wnpp; Maintainer for wnpp is;

Reported by: Ole Streicher <>

Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2012 11:14:11 UTC

Owned by: Ole Streicher <>

Severity: wishlist

Done: Ole Streicher <>

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From: Ole Streicher <>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <>
Subject: ITP: slalib -- Positional Astronomy Library
Date: Tue, 07 Feb 2012 12:11:41 +0100
Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Owner: Ole Streicher <>

* Package name    : slalib
  Version         : 2.5.4
  Upstream Author : Pat Wallace             :
* URL             :
* License         : GPLv2+
  Programming Lang: F77
  Description     : Positional Astronomy Library
 SLALIB1is a library of routines intended to make accurate and
 reliable positional-astronomy applications easier to write. Most
 SLALIB routines are concerned with astronomical position and time, but
 a number have wider trigonometrical, numerical or general

This package is built in preparation to build saods9
<> and starlink-libast

Its main goal is to replace the obfuscated C-code that is used within
these libraries by a well-documented and open sourced Fortran code.
I plan to do the C interface similarly to the old inclusion of slalib in
saods9 by Justin Pryzby.

However, there is no official slalib tar ball, only an (untagged) git
repository, To make it more confusing, starlink doesn't use version
numbers, but code names for their releases -- the current one is
"namaka", and the next will be "kaulia". However, internally (files, components.xml) they use version numbers which I will use.
I will not be able to provide a working watch file :-(

Some links:
- Programmer's manual
- GIT repository;a=tree;f=libraries/sla;h=1e88f89e36f83c9370a1b088ab4e7e995519ea56;hb=HEAD
- Starlink home page
- Home page of the original author of slalib (Pat Wallace):

I appreciate any comments on the goal or packaging hints.



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From: Ole Streicher <>
Subject: Re: Bug#659003: Acknowledgement (ITP: slalib -- Positional Astronomy Library)
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2012 11:23:45 +0200
This package will be superceded by libpal,


So I will not release the Debian package. However, I already finished


so contact me if you feel that this package is needed anyway.



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