[phenixbb] Official release vs nightly builds

Ed Pozharski epozh001 at umaryland.edu
Sat Apr 6 07:57:13 PDT 2013

IIUC, current mechanism for "updating" phenix is to download and install 
the whole thing every time one wants to get a nightly build and/or 
latest official release. While it is not technically difficult, it is 
something that I am reluctant to do on a regular basis (maybe I can set 
up a daemon that would do that for me every night, but additional 
difficulty is that one has to get a password by email).  I am not using 
4kbps modem anymore, but still the whole thing is pretty big.

Given Pavel's comment ("not goining to sparkle an endless useless 
discussion about what is right") I suspect that an unsolicited 
suggestion of the kind I am going to make below is not necessarily what 
phenix team is looking for.  I thought discussion boards are established 
just for that - uncensored (to a degree) discussion where users are free 
to express their concerns and opinions without fear of being labeled 
useless by people who control the board itself.  I however know 
everything I say is generally useless already, so here goes.

Given that changes between nightly builds are likely limited to 
relatively small patches/additions, is there some mechanism to do 
updates "revision control style", i.e. by downloading and updating only 
the parts of code that changed?  This way if I want to keep using 
bleeding edge version, I do not need to download ~650Mb on a daily basis.



On 04/06/2013 04:31 AM, Folmer Fredslund wrote:
> Hi phenixbb/developers,
> Recently, some people have experienced problems with B-factor 
> refinement in the official releases of PHENIX.
> It seems to me that, generally speaking, the first suggestion is to 
> use the nightly builds of phenix.
> So, my question is:
> How does the official releases work? Is it a snapshot of the 
> development version, or are you doing some kind of stabilization 
> during the development of the official releases? Are you updating the 
> official releases after release (to fix bugs) or are the bugs only 
> fixed in the nightly builds.
> With the current official releases, would I be better off using the 
> nightly builds for refinement? (I have also seen some weird behavior 
> with B-factor refinement).
> Best regards and thank you for developing phenix,
> Folmer
> -- 
> Folmer Fredslund
> Post doc
> MAX IV Laboratory
> Lund
> Sweden
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