saods9 in repository

Jason Quinn jason.lee.quinn at
Tue Apr 1 23:46:14 BST 2008

The saods9 package in the science (universe) section should probably
be removed from the repository, perhaps permanently. Here's my

1) The version presently there contains a bug that does not allow it
to interact with IRAF, another big program used by astronomers. IRAF
is very frequently used in conjunction with ds9. This is confusing
when a person is installing IRAF because trying to display an image in
ds9 from IRAF causes both to crash with no obvious way of knowing what
caused it.

2) The ds9 program is very frequently updated and will be out-of-date
almost as soon as it is added to the repository. They are up to
version 5.1 now and not 4.0b7.

3) The ds9 program is extremely easy to install and consists of just a
single executable file. Any user who would be interested to use it
would be good enough with computers to manually install it.

At the least, the program should be updated to fix reason #1.


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