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Re: [ferret_users] Version number in the package file name

Hello Li,
The links to the downloads tar files are kept consistent for a bit of simplicity in our installation instructions. The files themselves are in fact named with the version number, and a symbolic link in our directory points to the most-recent release. The files for each can be seen in the Previous Versions link on each downloads page. For instance, from the 64-bit Linux (RedHat 6 and equivalent) page,


has a list of the current and older tar files. Can your process be modified to use the tar files from those directories?


On 1/16/2015 11:31 PM, Li Dong wrote:
Dear Ferret developers,

I have developed a package manager (https://github.com/dongli/packman), which can be run on many systems (e.g., Mac OS X, Ubuntu, CentOS). Ferret is also supported so that users can install ferret by invoking only one command:

  $ packman install ferret

PACKMAN will download the package file from its website. The SHA1 is used for checking if the file is OK. Many packages are distributed with version number in their file name, such as gcc-4.9.1.tar.bz2, and the file is frozen for each release. But I found Ferret package fer_source.tar.gz has no version number, and it is always changed! This causes maintain difficulty for me to support it.

So I would like to suggest that the version number is added to the package file name. Thanks in advance!

Best regards,


Dr. Li Dong (董理)
LASG, Institute of Atmospheric Physics
Chinese Academy of Sciences
P.O. Box 9804
Beijing 100029, China
Phone: 8610-8299 5143

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