[Developers] Two questions about ADMB in Unix

Jon Schnute schnutej-dfo at shaw.ca
Tue Mar 4 14:53:50 PST 2014

In the recent exchange of messages about ADMB on a Unix platform, I still
don't have a response to the note attached below. I have two questions, each
with a simple yes/no answer.


1. Will you continue to support "make install" as part of a build from


2. Will you update the recent documentation at
http://www.admb-project.org/buildbot/documentation/QuickStartUnix.html to
include this option in Step 6?


If the answer is "No" to either question, I'd appreciate knowing why.


Probably Johnoel needs to give the definitive reply to these two questions.





From: developers-bounces at admb-project.org
[mailto:developers-bounces at admb-project.org] On Behalf Of Jon Schnute
Sent: February-22-14 5:21 PM
To: 'Johnoel Ancheta'; 'bigA'
Cc: developers at admb-project.org; 'Grandin, Chris'; 'Haigh, Rowan'
Subject: Re: [Developers] [ADMB Users] ADMB in standard package formats


Thanks for updating and documenting the procedure for using ADMB on Unix
platforms. I've been testing it myself recently.


Can step 6 (Optional - Installation) still be accomplished with the single


[~/admb/]$ make install


I tried this with ADMB release 1651 in Ubuntu  12.04 LTS, and it worked.  It
also worked on a Mac. For consistency with other packages in Unix, I suggest
that you maintain and document this standard method of installation. (Of
course, it's also helpful to mention that this procedure copies
"~/admb/build/dist" to " /usr/local/admb".)


As a developer of R software that uses ADMB, I find it very helpful to have
the software on a standard path (such as /usr/local/admb). From that point
of view, I think we should recommend step 6 as a normal (not optional) part
of the process for general users. What could be simpler than "make install"?
Only ADMB experts should deal with their own paths and environment


Best wishes,




From: users-bounces at admb-project.org [mailto:users-bounces at admb-project.org]
On Behalf Of Johnoel Ancheta
Sent: February-21-14 12:03 PM
To: bigA
Cc: users at admb-project.org
Subject: Re: [ADMB Users] ADMB in standard package formats


The build process has changed.  Check the link below.




It should be simpler and easier for everyone, but may need some fine tuning.


Feedback from Barak Pearlmutter was used for the the changes.  Such as the

eliminating the need to set System Variables.  Although, it will still work
if they

are set.


If you would like to contribute man pages, please let me know.





On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:57 AM, bigA <jaguar.smart at gmail.com> wrote:

I can work the man page; I have thus far been responsible for it.
I assume we don't want to write a 5460 line beast of a man page;
however any content that people want included in the man page shown in
the Debian package.
Honestly, I think that focusing on the standard Linux build process
and including the man page in the default build process will  make
getting admb into the standard linux pipeline.
Barak Pearlmutter is probably a critical resource for this activity;
however he cannot work on this alone.  Has anyone looked at the
patches he has suggested? If the build process needs to be cleaned up,
who within admb
is willing to work with us on it?


On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:47 AM, Arni Magnusson <arnima at hafro.is> wrote:
> Our priority should be to release ADMB in standard package formats:
> Gentoo, RPM, and Mac.
> This will make ADMB much more visible and accessible for scientists in all
> disciplines. Package repositories are categorized, so ADMB would be listed
> on autogenerated lists of scientific and statistical software for Linux,
> example. These lists are copied to Wikipedia, blogs, newsletters, etc.
> Packaging means adapting the build procedure to Linux standards (we may be
> there already), writing a short man page, and filling out a basic template
> file for each package format. Please consider participating in the ongoing
> effort:
>   http://admb-project.org/developers/packaging
> Arni
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