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Subject: Re: [OMPI devel] RFC: libopen-rte --> libompi-rte
From: Jeff Squyres (jsquyres_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-11-07 08:33:49

It bothers me a bit that the OMPI RTE library is called by a prior
name, and based on these reactions, we're likely to be stuck with this
name for a long time. I guess I'll cope.

On Nov 7, 2008, at 7:38 AM, Ralph Castain wrote:

> Just in case anyone wonders: I can understand Jeff's motivation to
> rationalize the libraries name with what is in it. There is no
> "OpenRTE" any more - it has truly become the "OMPI RTE" - so I
> sympathize with what he was trying to do.
> That said, I truly don't have strong feelings either way on this
> proposal, so whatever is decided is just fine with me. My local
> customer base never sees the library name, and doesn't care what it
> is called.
> On Nov 7, 2008, at 4:38 AM, Terry Dontje wrote:
>> I do not see the real value in doing this name change. The name
>> "OMPI Run Time Environment" and are not that far
>> from each other. Changing a bunch of's at this point
>> in the game for what I consider a minor cosmetic difference just
>> makes little sense to me.
>> On the technical side what I hate about this is Sun is about to
>> release its second distribution base on 1.3. If the below change
>> goes through this guarrantees that the next CT release will be
>> incompatible with CT8.1. Now we can go through the discussion of
>> whether such a compatibility will exist aside from this change but
>> it would be nice to try and stabilize the items we have.
>> I have very little confidence that if we change the library name to
>> that at the end of 1.4 we decide it should be named
>> something else. I also wonder if we do change the rte library if
>> we should also change the name of
>> Anyways, Sun votes no on this rfe.
>> --td
>> Jeff Squyres wrote:
>>> WHAT: Rename libopen-rte to be libompi-rte (and probably other
>>> supporting text)
>>> WHY: ORTE is really quite specific to OMPI. We decided long ago
>>> that ORTE would not split off from OMPI, and it has been
>>> specifically tailored for OMPI. Indeed, Ralph has recently been
>>> expanding "ORTE" to "OMPI Run Time Environment". So let's name
>>> the library what it really is.
>>> WHERE: See attached patch; basically, a bunch of's
>>> WHEN: Before v1.3
>>> TIMEOUT: Teleconference, Tues 11 Nov 2008
>>> --------------
>>> The change is fairly minor, and 98% of OMPI users won't notice.
>>> Only those who are not using wrapper compilers properly will
>>> notice the change (and they should be using the wrapper compilers;
>>> we strongly recommended that everyone either directly use the
>>> wrapper compilers to compile/link their apps, or use the wrappers
>>> to get the required flags [including library names] to compile/
>>> link their apps).
>>> I don't know if Sun has any policies about library name changes
>>> between versions, or if it'll create problems since CT8 has
>>> already been released. As a history note, we changed this library
>>> name in v1.2 from "liborte" to "libopen-rte". This would be
>>> another change.
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Jeff Squyres
Cisco Systems