Linux mol biol/biochem/etc software - compiling fortran apps

Tim Cutts tjrc1 at mole.bio.cam.ac.uk
Tue Oct 22 02:25:01 EST 1996


In article <54gbh8$rf6 at winx03.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de>,
Cornelius Krasel <krasel at wpxx02.toxi.uni-wuerzburg.de> wrote:
>Dave Love (d.love at dl.ac.uk) wrote:
>> >>>>> "Cornelius" == Cornelius Krasel <krasel at wpxx02.toxi.uni-wuerzburg.de> writes:
>>  Cornelius> I tried g77, but I gave up after a day or so.
>> 
>> Why?  What needs to be fixed in it?
>
>I have no idea. It wouldn't compile the source. I was too lazy to fiddle
>around with it, especially since I'm not much of a C guru (not to speak
>of my nonexistent FORTRAN knowledge).

The Debian Linux distribution has a g77 binary package, so you won't
need to compile it if you use Debian.  I heartily recommend Debian to
those thinking of setting up a Linux system.  I started out with the
SLS distribution (Slackware's predecessor) four years ago, and have
tried pretty well all of them at some stage.  Of the current flavours,
only RedHat and Debian seem to be really well done, and my personal
preference is for Debian, which I have been using now for about a
year.

Getting back to the subject at hand, I haven't tried the g77 package
yet, but I probably wouldn't recommend it for serious work anyway; GNU
Fortran is not supposed to be very good at all yet, so if you want
reliable numbers at the end, don't risk it.

There are commercial Fortran compilers available for Linux and they
are not terribly expensive (a couple of hundred dollars).  I have no
information about them to hand though.  The Linux FAQ might contain
some pointers.





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