Karim Belabas on Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:17:00 +0200

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Re: Please test pari-2.8.0 prerelease 1

* John Cremona [2016-08-11 12:03]:
> I have been building 2.8.0 on several ubuntu machines.  In each case I
> first unpack the files elldata.tgz  galdata.tgz  galpol.tgz
> seadata.tgz into data/ as I have always done, before ./Configure.  But
> after the build when I run "make test-all" I see
> ! Skipping galois: optional package galdata not installed.
> and similar lines about the other packages.
> When I run the local version ./gp (since I have not yet done "make
> install") to try something manually I can see the problem:
> ? ellidentify(e)
>   ***   at top-level: ellidentify(e)
>   ***                 ^--------------
>   *** ellidentify: error opening elldata file:
> `/usr/local/share/pari/elldata/ell5'.
> It seems that gp knows that I will later install it in /usr/local, but
> not that I have not yet done this.  This makes "make test-all" less
> useful, unless I first pre-install the data/ stuff.  I think I only
> just noticed this as I have been doing the build on a couple of
> machines which were new and so had not yet had pari/gp installed in
> /usr/local/
> I am not sure how to fix this, but I think there is something to be
> fixed since one should be able to run "make test-all" before "make
> install" and see no errors!  Perhaps there could be an environment
> variable set to the path where the data files are, which "make
> test-all" would set to "./data", while the installed version could use
> a default.

We have two conflicting goals here. The one we achieve is a test the
final installation where everything is in its final resting place
(that works only if packages are already installed). The one you seek is
a preliminary complete test of the gp binary (to which you must indicate
where it can temporarily find the packages).

Both are possible, but I recommend the following three-step procedure:

1) make install-data
(as root) which installs *only* what's in the data/ folder and nothing
else. This is very low risk and a package can always be re-installed at
any time in a trivial way (there is no signature / checksum verification
or package registration protocol, it's a straight copy from data/ to

2) make test-all 
(or dyntest-all for a twice faster test that won't test the gp-sta
binary at all; which is usually not installed anyway)

3) make install
if everything looks all right.

Most of the time, the packages will already be installed and 1) can be


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