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Something gnulib-ish for numerics

From: Rhys Ulerich
Subject: Something gnulib-ish for numerics
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 08:59:39 -0500

An odd thought...

A lot of folks that write numerical codes need a few algorithms but
not the smorgasbord of functionality that ships with, e.g., the GNU
Scientific Library.  For whatever reason, scientific users seem to
have trouble installing such dependencies and prefer source
distributions that are monolithic, self-contained tarballs.

Do you think the gnulib infrastructure could be simply adapted to
provide "modules" comprised of numerical algorithms with module
dependencies representing algorithmic dependencies?  Does the gnulib
infrastructure impose licensing restrictions preventing distribution
of non-GNU licensed modules?  I see, e.g., lib-ignore being


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