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Please check the following files for further information
*BEFORE* sending us your questions:
INSTALL detailed installation instructions
Known_problems check before you report compilation problems
DEPENDENCIES Other software that PDL relies on (and where
to get it)
BUGS how to make a bug report and where to send it
perldl.conf PDL configuration options
Basic/Pod/FAQ.pod the FAQ in pod format
try 'perldoc PDL::FAQ' after installation
a quick overview of PDL
try 'perldoc PDL::Impatient' after installation
a discussion of the bad value support in PDL
PDL::Index a guide to PDL documentation
!only available *after* successful installation!
try 'perldoc PDL::Index'
DEVELOPMENT how to participate in the development of PDL
Release_Notes a list of issues with regard to the current version
always worth checking!
*Note* that most PDL documentation is available online within the
perldl shell. Try the help command within the shell!
PDL -- the package
The perlDL project aims to turn perl into an efficient numerical language for
scientific computing. The PDL module gives standard perl the ability to
COMPACTLY store and SPEEDILY manipulate the large N-dimensional data sets which
are the bread and butter of scientific computing. e.g. $a=$b+$c can add two
2048x2048 images in only a fraction of a second.
The aim is to provide tons of useful functionality for
scientific and numeric analysis.
Check the pdl web site at http://pdl.perl.org for more information.
Please read the file INSTALL for detailed information on how
to configure and install PDL.
Once you have built PDL and either installed it or done
'make doctest', try either
perl -Mblib perldl
from within the root of the PDL tree or just
if you have installed PDL already ('make install') to get the
interactive PDL shell. In this shell, 'help' gives you
access to PDL documentation for each function separately ('help
help' for more about this) and 'demo' gives you some basic
examples of what you can do.
You can check the existing PDL bugs on sourceforge at
The mailing list archives can be searched/read at
If you need to post a problem report, please use the sourceforge.net
bug tracker system following the guidance in the BUGS file:
Basic/ - The stuff that PDL would be no use without
Lib/ - The stuff that PDL would still be useful without but
which makes PDL even more useful
Graphics/ - The stuff that PDL needs to make pictures
IO/ - The stuff that PDL needs to write and read strange files
Comments are welcome - so are volunteers to write code and documentation!
Please contact the developers mailing list email@example.com
(subscription address: firstname.lastname@example.org) with ideas
The pdl-porters team.
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