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Myths about gnuplot
Fri, 9 Jul 1999 14:50:25 +0100
It looks like this list is getting a more than fair share of gnuplot
discussion, so I thought it would be a good idea to hop in and say
a few words.
1. Do *not* send me personal email about gnuplot. Use the
o address@hidden for bug reports and patches for
the *release* version
o address@hidden for user problems. This list is
linked with comp.graphics.apps.gnuplot
o address@hidden for development issues, feature
patches, beta versions
2. An update for the gnuplot FAQ is in the works.
Suggestions for the FAQ should be sent either to info-gnuplot-beta or
myself, or Juergen directly.
The official release version of gnuplot is 3.7, patchlevel 0,
date Thu Jan 14 19:34:53 BST 1999. The announcement with a list
of mirror sites was posted to this list back in January.
In the meantime, this version has also been made available on
CTAN in /tex-archive/graphics/gnuplot.
Quite a few serious bugs have been discovered since this release.
A set of patches is available as
The current version of this patch set brings gnuplot up to version 3.7,
patchlevel 0.1, date Fri Jun 18 13:50:56 BST 1999. The patches are
updated whenever new bugs are discovered, but the patchlevel remains
locked at 0.1. This is a stupid mistake on my behalf, as I was already
issuing beta releases before the first patch release. To be rectified
after the next general release.
The current beta release is gnuplot-126.96.36.199.tar.gz, available from
the beta/ subdirectory at distribution sites. Changes since the
release are listed in the NEWS file. Major new features are new
drivers for BeOS, MacOS X Server, metapost, perltk (in tkcanvas);
new gnuplot-mode.el for Emacsen; OS/2 mouse support; tilde-expansion
of filenames; new "loadpath" variable; GNU libplot 2.2 support;
backtic expansion in quoted strings; new directory structure.
The next official release will be 3.7.1 or (more likely) 3.8.
There is no schedule yet.
The following are a couple of unattributed quotes from this mailing
list, with comments.
| ... When Octave-2.0.14 was released, the *official*
| gnuplot was 3.5;
This is not true. At the time octave-2.0.14 was released,
gnuplot 3.7 had been out for almost three months. An announcement
was posted to this list.
| ... gnuplot development shutdown completely for years.
Not true at all. Alex Woo released 3.5 in September 1993, and the
first log entry for the to-be 3.6 version dates from 1993/10/06.
David Denholm deserves a lot of credit for keeping the project
together for five years!
| ... As of a couple of months ago, the FAQ was dated 1994.
Unfortunately, yes. But this is changing now.
| Another area for improvement would be libreadline and libhistory linking,
| which would vastly improve the cli.
Glue for GNU readline has been in gnuplot since IIRC beta 1.124 from
Use of an external gnuplot.history file (with GNU readline) was added
in beta 188.8.131.52. I have a patch here to implement a "history" command
with the builtin readline, and this will be made part of the distribution
as soon as I get a patch for the equivalent functionality with GNU
readline (gentle reminder; you know who you are :)
| And I think it's bullshit. ...
Whether or not you link your own, private version of gnuplot with GNU
readline is your own business. The licences do not allow us to
distribute gnuplot with GNU readline, but the least thing we can do
is provide the hooks.
5. The copyright discussion
The current copyright situation is very unfortunate not only
for gnuplot and octave users, but also for the gnuplot developers.
We cannot even release "gnuplot-x.y" without violating the
copyright _unless_ the copyright holders agree. This has worked
ok in the past, but after the next release, I hope to improve
this situation considerably. I have a very definite interest in
change, as I have invested a lot of my own time and effort into
gnuplot since I became involved in late 1996.
If people go and bug TW about the status quo, please Cc: me.
Religious flamewars GPL vs. The Rest of The World >/dev/null.
Thanks for listening.
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