J. D. Shiers CN/ASD
In the light of the rapid move of the HEP community to industry standard tools for code management, and because of budget constraints, the CMZ code management system will be frozen as of the version contained in the CERNLIB 96A release (v1.08), plus any bug fixes implemented until the end of 1996.
We intend to suppress the maintenance contract, which covers both bug fixes and new developments, as of 1st January 1997. However, in view of its origin, the package may be used by the HEP community indefinitely. These rights are independent of the maintenance contract. Thus the real impact to users will be no more development of CMZ or porting to new operating systems.
We take this opportunity to remind users that we strongly recommend the use of CVS (Concurrent Versions System) for code management. CVS is widely used both outside HEP and, increasingly, in the HEP world. From the last (96A) CERNLIB release, CERNLIB source files are now only available via CVS. More information on CVS can be found in CNL 218 and CNL 221 and via the World-Wide-Web via the URL:
Largely automatic conversion procedures exist for the conversion of CMZ/PATCHY source files (".car" format). We will provide assistance in using these facilities and also with installation (gmake) procedures. Over the coming months public information sessions will be held at CERN on the topic of conversion to CVS.