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gwl-0.4.0 released [stable]

From: Ricardo Wurmus
Subject: gwl-0.4.0 released [stable]
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2022 21:58:21 +0100
User-agent: mu4e 1.6.10; emacs 27.2

We are pleased to announce the release of the GNU Guix Workflow
Language version 0.4.0, representing 60 commits by one person that are
the result of discussions among a number of helpful people on the
#guix and #guix-hpc IRC channels on and on the mailing list.  Special thanks go to Simon Tournier
and Ludovic Courtès for their patience, support, and insightful

The biggest change compared to the previous release is likely the
support of job submissions to an HPC job scheduler via DRMAA, using
the new Guile bindings for DRMAA v1[1].  These Guile bindings would
not have been possible without Matt Wette, his helpful comments, and
his most excellent FFI helper (part of nyacc).


For details see the NEWS excerpt below.  See also the updated manual:

An real-world example workflow is included in the
doc/examples/pigx-rnaseq directory of the source repository.

• About

  The Guix Workflow Language (GWL) provides an extension to GNU Guix's
  declarative language for package management to automate the
  execution of programs in scientific workflows.  The GWL can use
  process engines to integrate with various computing environments.

• Download

Here are the compressed sources and a GPG detached signature[*]:

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[*] Use a .sig file to verify that the corresponding file (without the
.sig suffix) is intact.  First, be sure to download both the .sig file
and the corresponding tarball.  Then, run a command like this:

  gpg --verify gwl-0.4.0.tar.gz.sig

If that command fails because you don't have the required public key,
then run this command to import it:

  gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 

and rerun the 'gpg --verify' command.

This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
  Autoconf 2.69
  Automake 1.16.3
  Gnulib v0.1-3269-g03d7a6b1f


* Changes in 0.4.0 (since 0.3.0)
** Workflow syntax
- the new =workflow= fields =before= and =after= can be used to specify 
procedures that are run before and after the workflow runs.  This can be useful 
for printing banners or further instructions.
- new procedure =display-file= to print the content of files
** Execution engines
- Process engines can now specify a procedure in the =check= field to validate 
the execution environment before running the workflow.
- Process engines have a new =run= field specifying how ordered processes 
should be iterated over.
- The new =drmaa-engine= supports job submission to schedulers implementing 
DRMAA version 1.
- The =grid-engine= is deprecated and will be removed in future releases.  Use 
the =drmaa-engine= instead.
** Bug fixes
- the cache feature would symlink if hardlinking was not possible.  This was 
incorrect and now it falls back to copying files to and from the cache when 
hardlinking fails.


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