Orsola from Oz has gotten in touch with AstroBetter and asked about the current state of Scisoft. For those not familiar, to me, Scisoft is a big installer that is the quick and dirty way of getting Python and IRAF installed on a Mac. I briefly looked into the current status of this package while updating the New Mac Setup Wiki but quickly gave up and me and some other folks at the AAS Hack Day agreed on this conclusion:
SciSoft is NOT recommended because it’s not modular and not routinely updated.
However, this is not very satisfying. Could y’all shed some light on the current state of SciSoft? It seems pretty non-trivial…
Also, is there anything that you can only install with Scisoft? In my experience, it causes way more trouble than it’s worth and that you should just bite the bullet and install everything you need individually rather than via this attempt at a catch-all script. Is there anything this is not true for?