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Clone, configure, build and test M4RI

7 October 2010 Leave a comment

I’m new to the autotools world, so I was rather helpless when I first looked at M4RI. Say I have patched a file in M4RI. The problem now is figuring out how to configure, build, and test the patched M4RI tree. The solution below was kindly communicated to me by the lead M4RI maintainer Martin Albrecht.

$ hg clone http://bitbucket.org/malb/m4ri
$ cd m4ri/
$ autoreconf --install
$ ./configure 
$ make
$ make check

Tools for C development

2 October 2010 4 comments

This post collects free and open source software tools that are useful when you do software development in C. For a survey of software development tools for scientific computation, see A Survey of C and C++ Software Tools for Computational Science by D.J. Worth, C. Greenough and L.S. Chin. See The Art, Science, and Engineering of Software Development by Steve McConnell for some best practices.

Lint tools

  • Cppcheck: A tool for static C/C++ code analysis.
  • Splint: Annotation-assisted lightweight static checking.

Documentation generators

  • Natural Docs: documentation generator for multiple programming languages.
  • ROBODoc
  • Sphinx: A tool that makes it easy to create intelligent and beautiful documentation.

Testing tools

See A Survey of Software Testing Tools for Computational Science by L.S. Chin, D.J. Worth and C. Greenough.

  • CUnit: Unit testing framework for C.
  • gcov: A test coverage program. See ggcov for a GUI replacement of gcov.

Profiling & debugging tools

  • DDD: Graphical front-end for command-line debuggers such as GDB, etc.
  • GDB: The GNU Project debugger.
  • google-perftools: Fast, multi-threaded malloc() and nifty performance analysis tools.
  • gprof: The GNU profiler. For a tutorial on this tool, see Profiling Tutorial: A simple program by DJ Worth, LS Chin, and C Greenough.
  • OProfile: Profiler for Linux systems, capable of profiling all running code at low overhead.
  • RATS: Rough Auditing Tool for Security.
  • Solaris Studio: Formerly Sun Studio, but is now called Oracle Solaris Studio.
  • Valgrind: Instrumentation framework for building dynamic analysis tools.

Sage 4.4.2 release schedule

7 May 2010 Leave a comment

Sage 4.4.2 is intended to be a little release on the way to Sage 5.0. I’m devoting a week or so to managing the release of Sage 4.4.2. Here’s a proposed release schedule I posted to sage-release:

  • Sage 4.4.2.alpha0 — release 10th May 2010
  • Sage 4.4.2.rc0 — feature freeze; release 15th May 2010
  • Anything critical to get Sage 4.4.2.final to stabilize
  • Sage 4.4.2.final — release 18th May 2010

I’m being too optimistic here with the above schedule. But we’ll see how things go.