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[Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #37521] clear('functions') deletes subfunction

From: Philip Nienhuis
Subject: [Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #37521] clear('functions') deletes subfunctions
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:20:21 +0000
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Follow-up Comment #9, bug #37521 (project octave):

Just curious: was it a bug at all, or is ML's behavior now mimicked just by
accident (and do we now have bug-compatibility)?

Reading up on TMW site I find the description of what "clear functions" is
supposed to do still a bit ambiguous. About the effects of the "clear"
command, more specifically "clear functions", it states more or less:

"...clear from current workspace... ... <Compiled Scripts, Functions,
MEX-functions> ..."

which to me appears exactly like the behavior that the OP thinks is an Octave
bug. It even rather looks to be a Matlab bug or ML documentation bug.
Or, do I wrongly perceive a subfunction to be a function in the parent
function's workspace? (could be, I'm sometimes easily confused :-) )

BTW, in ML r2014a prerelease it still works as per OP's expectations.


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