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Re: octave-forge dependency?
- From: Igor Pechtchanski <pechtcha at cs dot nyu dot edu>
- To: Tony Richardson <ar63 at evansville dot edu>
- Cc: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2005 19:39:13 -0500 (EST)
- Subject: Re: octave-forge dependency?
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On Wed, 7 Dec 2005, Tony Richardson wrote:
> I often use octave and do no plotting at all. Octave starts and runs
> fine if gnuplot isn't installed. (It complains about not being able
> to find gnuplot when the plot command is used.) Should there really
> be a dependency if only a subset of features requires a package?
> I'd prefer to see gnuplot removed from the octave dependency list.
> Of course then you'd have to deal with all the posts saying that
> the plot command in octave is broken. So I don't know what the best
> approach would be. How do others feel?
Actually, a viable solution for this was already proposed by John W Eaton
in <http://cygwin.com/ml/cygwin/2005-12/msg00283.html>. Since octave adds
other directories to the path before it runs, it's possible to create a
gnuplot wrapper that uses the real gnuplot if present and exits with a
reasonable error message otherwise.
Just to clarify, the reason I thought it was a hack was that it was an
*octave-forge* script dealing with a *gnuplot* bug. I don't think the
mechanism itself is in any way hacky.
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