[gmx-developers] libxml2

Erik Lindahl erik.lindahl at scilifelab.se
Sun Nov 10 20:58:13 CET 2013


One reason could be that we haven’t really started to use standardized XML input/output formats yet, although we’re heading there long term. I’m also not enough of an expert to say whether libxml2 is the best XML parser out there, since there are quite a few alternatives?

If there are any specific new modules that would need it, doesn’t it make more sense to have those modules go through the normal code review (including a discussion of whether the proposed XML formats are nicely designed, etc), rather than separately making XML a hard requirement even if the current code doesn’t rely on it?


On 10 Nov 2013, at 11:51, David van der Spoel <spoel at xray.bmc.uu.se> wrote:

> Hi,
> we have decided a long time ago that for 5.0 libxml2 would be required. 
> If there is any reason why we should remain to be able to compile 
> gromacs WITHOUT libxml2, please speak up now.
> If no good arguments will be brought forward then I will change the main 
> CMakeList.txt such that gromacs will not compile without it.
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