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Re: Where to distribute auxiliary data files?

From: Rik
Subject: Re: Where to distribute auxiliary data files?
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:44:10 -0700

On 08/19/2014 02:43 AM, John W. Eaton wrote:
> On 08/18/2014 05:29 PM, Rik wrote:
>> 8/18/14
>> Matlab comes with a number of data files which they use repeatedly in their
>> documentation.  Some of the data sources are freely available.  One of
>> these is the 3-D data for a penny which comes from NIST.  This file has
>> been made available to Octave, but where should it be placed?
>> Possible choices:
>> 1) examples/ directory.  Currently this holds only code samples for the
>> External Code Interface (.oct, .mex files)
>> 2) etc/ directory.  Currently this holds a grab bag of stuff such as NEWS,
>> doc-cache, config.log, and a directory with the fixed built-in tests.
>> 3) New location.  The imagelib directory is distributed in
>> local/share/octave/VERSION/imagelib and contains default images and icons.
>> Perhaps we need a new data/ directory that contains distributed data files.
> Something like the attached change would be OK with me.
> Should this directory be included in the default load path so that the
> load function will find data files there by default?

I think so.  No one is going to check the distribution manifest, see that a
new data file has been added, and then make sure to add that directory to
their path variable.


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