On Mon, 17 Feb 2003, Rafael Laboissiere wrote:
> Of course, everything will work fine if the correct path is set
> independently by the user....
That explains it then. That is what is done by my non-interactive test
scripts so that is why I was under the mistaken impression that octave was
working well for 5.2.0.
There is a lesson to be learned here; it should be emphasized that most of
my release tests are non-interactive in nature (there is just no time for
more) so in order to have a decent release, **the developers here must back
up my test efforts with a variety of tests of your own**. For example, I
leave all interactive octave tests before a release to Joao (and now Rafael)
since I have never had time to learn octave. Also, the major testing
responsibility for tcl/tk falls on the shoulders of Maurice, Geoffrey, and
Vince although I do a modest amount of interactive testing of the GUI's in
that case. Probably the non-interactive tests are good enough for the C,
C++, f77, and python front ends (so long as they are tried by everybody on
this list with access to a variety of platforms), but tcl/tk and octave are
special cases which need extra testing attention by the experts in those
Rafael, I am glad you are applying such testing attention to the octave
case. Also, I want to take this opportunity to say how pleased I am by your
recent successful Debian packaging efforts which are now accessible from our
website. I suspect those (and the official Debian packages once the 5.2.1
tarball release is completed) are going to bring in a lot more octave and
other front end users and testers for PLplot.
Alan W. Irwin
Astronomical research affiliation with Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Victoria (astrowww.phys.uvic.ca).
Programming affiliations with the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and
Analysis (www.cccma.bc.ec.gc.ca) and the PLplot scientific plotting software