History of the modifications of this FAQ

  • 28/07/03: creation
  • 10/10/03: several questions have been asked by some candidates, you can find here a list of answers up to this date.
  • 12/10/03: list of answers updated.
  • 16/11/03: list of answers updated (more answers)
  • 27/11/03: list of answers updated (more informations on the checkers and on the data set A)
  • 17/02/04: list of answers updated (more details on the submission procedure and on the evaluation of the qualification stage, more answers to various questions)
  • 18/02/04: list of answers updated (detail on the computing time)
  • 15/07/04: list of answers updated (max. number of vehicles at the denominator of the ratios)

Common problems concerning the challenge

  • How to subscribe to the ROADEF'2005 challenge?
    Send a message with your complete affiliations to Van-Dat CUNG (

File access problems

  • How to download the files from Netscape ?
    Use the right bottom from Netscape, then click on "Save link as...".

  • Your WEB page is not yet up-to-date !!
    Since these pages are often modified : please, remember to "Reload" from Netscape for updating your pages !

  • And after, what to do with the foo.tar.gz or foo.tgz or files ?
    To uncompress .tar.gz or .tgz files:
    zcat toto.tgz | tar xvf -
    To uncompress .zip files:

  • And if I want to compress the foo directory ?
    Get yourself into the parent directory of foo, then
    tar cvf - toto | gzip > toto.tgz or if your want to include the date in the name of the archive file :
    tar cvf - toto | gzip > toto-`date +%y%m%d_%Hh%M`.tgz