[gmx-developers] Dependence on libxml2

Marc F. Lensink lensink at bigre.ulb.ac.be
Mon Sep 8 10:18:47 CEST 2008

On Sat, Sep 06, 2008 at 02:07:42PM +0200, David van der Spoel wrote:
> Hi,
> the inclusion of the xml library is currently limited to stuff in the 
> contrib directory. However we have discussed on many occasions which xml 
> library to use if we were going to make the move. The de-facto standard 
> in the linux world is libxml2 (foundation of the gnome project). Are you 
> aware of any platform where this wouldn't work?
> Do you see any other obvious drawbacks?

libxml2 is the way to go.  however, some clusters may have been
installed with older linux distributions, eg of the SL 3 series.
ancient, but stable.  in those cases libxml2 can still be installed,
but only manually and its functionality is limited.  one of the issues
I recall is problems with namespace support.


Marc F. Lensink
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Université Libre de Bruxelles           marc.lensink at ulb.ac.be
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