Backporting fis-gtm for the Ubuntu Linux Distribution

Backporting for the Greater Good

Following up the recent introduction of the fis-gtm package (GT.M) in the Debian Linux Distribution, an additional step has been taken for making MUMPS more easily accessible to everyone.

Yaroslav Halchenko, one of the main contributors to packaging fis-gtm, and a main developer of the NeuroDebian distribution, verified that the package sources built fine in previous distributions, and was very kind to introduce a backport of the package into the NeuroDebian backports:

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The fis-gtm package can now be found here:

and by following the instructions in

the fis-gtm package can be installed in the following Linux Distributions:


  • Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 (wheezy)
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" (precise)
  • Ubuntu 12.10 "Quantal Quetzal" (quantal)
  • Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" (raring)
  • Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy Salamander" (saucy)


Example Installation

As an example, here is how to install fis-gtm in Ubuntu 12.10.



From the terminal used the following commands:


wget -O- | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/neurodebian.sources.list sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver 2649A5A9 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install fis-gtm Environment Set Up Setting up the usual environment variables in the bash shell:  export gtm_dist='/usr/lib/fis-gtm/V6.0-003-2~nd12.10_x86_64' # backported from NeuroDebian export gtmgbldir=$HOME/data/gtm/database export gtmroutines="$HOME/data/gtm/o($HOME/data/gtm/r) $gtm_dist/ $gtm_dist"  Running And then was able to run the MUMPS interpreter as:  $gtm_dist/mumps -dir   Thanks Many thanks to Yaroslav Halchenko for his contribution to making GT.M easily available to everyone. Thanks again to all the team members who joined forces for packaging fis-gtm for Debian




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Arthur Ingram's picture

thanks great info