Why the hell did 'python' move?

Simon Burton simon at arrowtheory.com
Tue Dec 11 12:05:14 CST 2007

I agree with Barry here. When I first started
playing with petsc, I found the "python" directory confusing and
frustrating for quite some time. I think it was just
because of the name!


On Mon, 10 Dec 2007 10:16:13 -0600
Barry Smith <bsmith at mcs.anl.gov> wrote:

>     I sent email about a week ago and no one complained.
>     As someone downloads petsc-dev they see directories config and  
> python;
> this make NO SENSE at all, how are they going to know that most of the  
> configure
> stuff is in the python directory? If I did not know PETSc and  
> downloaded it
> I would be so pissed at the utterly stupid naming that I would simply  
> delete the
> whole package and not even consider using it. Directory names are not
> for the developer (a developer can remember anything so long as the
> work on the package long enough), directory names are for the causal
> user and it is important that they make sense.
>     Why does your finite element stuff care where the configuration
> code is stored???? At most you should have to change a couple little  
> things.
>     Barry
> On Dec 10, 2007, at 10:08 AM, Matthew Knepley wrote:
> > How does 'config' make any more sense than 'python'. And this
> > break EVERYTHING I do with finite elements. This should have at
> > least been discussed on petsc-dev.
> >
> >  Matt
> >
> > -- 
> > What most experimenters take for granted before they begin their
> > experiments is infinitely more interesting than any results to which
> > their experiments lead.
> > -- Norbert Wiener
> >

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