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task #15330: Configure option to only download tarballs

Submitter:  Mohammad Akhlaghi <makhlaghi>
Submitted:  Wed 17 Jul 2019 12:24:59 PM UTC
Should Start On:  Tue 16 Jul 2019 11:00:00 PM UTC Should be Finished on:  Tue 16 Jul 2019 11:00:00 PM UTC
Category:  Software Priority:  5 - Normal
Status:  Postponed Privacy:  Public
Percent Complete:  0% Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Open Effort:  0.00

Wed 17 Jul 2019 12:24:59 PM UTC, original submission:  

Konrad Hinsen suggested a configure option that would only download the tarballs of the necessary software, not actually build them.

This is a very good suggestion for scenarios where we want to do the project on a high performance computing (HPC) scenario. For security reasons, HPC systems don't usually have internet access. You only have SSH access to them to manually copy files and run your process.

With this option, you can clone the project on a computer with internet access, then configure it with an option like `--only-tarballs'. Once its finished, the tarballs will be in `.build/software/tarballs' and you can upload the tarballs to the HPC (along with possible input data and the actual project source) to run it there.

Currently, the only way to make sure all tarballs are downloaded is to actually build the whole software environment of the project (let the configure script finish).

Mohammad Akhlaghi <makhlaghi>
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