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?SRS ODD-archive? Usefull?

Joerg Sprengel sprengel at scan
Thu Mar 9 09:22:49 EST 1995

Dear SRS users/maintainers/programmers,

as you all know Thure Etzold's SRS allows you to search in an
increasing amount of databases. A couple of weeks ago the problem arises
that we installed a new (sub)database and I thought it would suffice
to copy the corresponding SDL/odd definition, compile this stuff and
build the indices finally. Unfortunately `hyperlink.sdl' and the
`prodom.sdl' didn't work with all the other sdl's used here (version
numbers didn't match also, the old problem of synchronizing
programming projects).

It seems to me, that with the increasing interest in SRS and more
programmers writing their own sdl definitions, it becomes really
difficult to incorporate new definitions in a "running" installation.
Thure also confirmed that the situation tends to develop in an
"chaotic" direction.  Obviously there are no separately maintained
srs-source-xxx.tar and srs-odd.xxx.tar archives available.

What do you think about the idea to maintain such an archive to
    prevent the diverging of the definition files?

    One could collect all sdl/odd definitions in addition with an
    (SHORT) documentation file and kind of a changelog (author,
    version, like all these nice gnu programs)?  The local
    dependencies, like file paths, which are defined in srsdb.sdl
    could go into a srsdb.new.sdl to prevent the accidental
    overwriting of an existing one. Once in a while one could release
    a complete set of definitions and make them available per ftp and
    W3 (isn't this U6?), and SRS form itself.

Has anybody have an idea how many scientist were using and how many
    sites were maintaining SRS in the world?

Waiting for your comments, suggestions, preferably no flames,


      Dr. Jorg  Sprengel					     

    Institute of Genetics                sprengel at scan.genetik.uni-koeln.de
        Dept. Virology                      
         Weyertal 121       	               Tel.: x49 221 470 3405       
       50931  Cologne 		               FAX : x49 221 470 5163       

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