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USENIX Tenth System Administration Conference (LISA '96)

Managing and Distributing Application Software

Ph. Defert, E. Fernandez, M. Goossens, O. Le Moigne, A. Peyrat, and I. Reguero
CERN, European Laboratory for Particle Physics


The paper describes a project for distributing application software in the large worldwide High Energy Physics (HEP) community. Hundreds of packages are maintained centrally and users can access them directly through the network. Workstation administrators can optimise access performance and reliability by specifying in their installation scripts the packages to be copied locally or accessed remotely. Product maintainers have a set of tools to generate their packages from the sources, while site administrators can replicate (part of) the central file-base manually or automatically. The generation takes place in different physical network domains. Replication on remote domains implies only propagating changes of the repository.

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