On 2007-05-19 23:49-0400 Andrew Schein wrote:
> Hi all -
> I tried to install plplot today and encountered some difficulties. The
> only version of PLplot I found on the source code link
> http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=2915 is 5.7.3.
> However, the main plplot page indicates that 5.7.3 is the development
> branch and that 5.6.1 is the last stable release. Is there a link to
> 5.6.1 anywhere? I am having trouble compiling 5.7.3, so if this is now
> a stable branch I'll follow up with another question.
Thanks for your question about access to old releases. After some
investigation I discovered that SF has rearranged the whole download
area for PLplot (and presumably all other projects). In general, to get
access to any older release you have to search for it (go to
http://sourceforge.net/projects/plplot, click on the download menu, and click
on the search function there). For example, to access all our recent
releases (including 5.6.1), specify search dates from 2006 to 2008.
However, that general mechanism is pretty clumsy so I have taken advantage
of additional new SF download functionality and created a customized
download page including access to all files from 5.7.3, 5.6.1, and also the
historic libcd release (that special library is still relevant because it is
used for the cgm device). Once I created the special download page for one
platform, I could copy it to all other platforms. So now in the download
menu, you have a choice of Default, Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux platforms,
but currently they are all the same. (Later, if we decide to do windows
binary releases, they will be different.)
Following the above directions, 5.6.1 should now be readily available, but I
should mention that 5.7.3 seems to work well for everybody that has
downloaded it (1000 downloads since the end of March), is easy to build, and
is very similar to what our next stable release (5.8.0) will probably be
like. Thus, I believe it would be a mistake for you to give up on 5.7.3.
In particular, 5.7.3 includes lots of new PLplot goodies including our
recommended new CMake-based build system which has a lot of advantages both
for developers and users. I suggest you follow the directions at
http://www.miscdebris.net/plplot_wiki to build and install 5.7.3. If you run
into any trouble with those directions, then post any problems to this list,
and we will take it from there.
Alan W. Irwin
Astronomical research affiliation with Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Victoria (astrowww.phys.uvic.ca).
Programming affiliations with the FreeEOS equation-of-state implementation
for stellar interiors (freeeos.sf.net); PLplot scientific plotting software
package (plplot.org); the libLASi project (unifont.org/lasi); the Loads of
Linux Links project (loll.sf.net); and the Linux Brochure Project