PyInform is a python wrapper for the C inform library.
Building and Installation
To install via
pip, you can run the following
$ pip install pyinform
Note that on some systems this will require administrative privileges. If you don't have admin privileges or would prefer to install PyInform for your user only, you do so via the
$ pip install --user pyinform
That's it! You're ready to go.
If you plan on contributing to PyInform, you likely want to build the project manually. Once you have clone the repository, you will need to manually retrieve the most recent version of the inform binaries. The associated zip file should be extracted in the
PyInform has one python dependency: NumPy. This should be easy to fulfill.
Once NumPy been installed, you can test and install with
$ python setup.py test $ python setup.py install --user
pip on your local copy:
$ python setup.py test $ pip install --user .
It may also be useful to install an "editable" version of PyInform. This means that any changes you make to your local copy will immediately be accessible in python. To do that just add the
--editable flag to
$ pip install --editable --user .
And you are ready to go!
Building the Documentation
You can find live API documentation at https://elife-asu.github.io/PyInform. However, you might want to build the documentation yourself — in PDF format, for example. To build the documentation you will have to be able to run PyInform as the sphinx documentation generator (also required) uses the docstrings in the source to build the documentation.
Once you have PyInform running and Sphinx installed you can build the HTML and PDF documentation via
$ make -C docs html $ make -C docs latexpdf
make.bat on Windows:
$ cd docs $ make.bat html $ make.bat latexpd
Of course, to build the PDF documentation you will need have LaTeX installed.
So far the python wrapper has been tested under
python3.5, and on the following platforms:
- Debian 8
- Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
- Windows 10
This project is supported in part by a grant provided by the Templeton World Charity Foundation as part of the Power Of Information Initiative.