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Forum: User Requirements
Date: 09 Apr, 2008
From: Benjamin Bannier <>


we are currently trying to package Geant4 for the gentoo distribution
( Since gentoo allows/requires users to compile
tailored versions of any software used, the role of the our package
system is to provide instructions on how to build software with various
features and optimizations enabled.

We are having a quite hard time figuring out how to write these fully 
automated scripts with the ./Configure provided with the Geant4 release.

Since I did miss the item 'Improve build experience' on the planned
developments list, I was wondering if the Geant4 developers have any
plans move to a different buildsystem (like e.g. autoconf available
on many platforms) or at least release more information on how
./Configure is generated and can be regenerated by users -- i.e. the
input files and software used.

But of course everybody, not just distributors and gentoo users, would
love Geant4 to use a more standard build system.

Benjamin Bannier

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