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Re: Choosing graphics backend for documentation

From: Sebastian Schöps
Subject: Re: Choosing graphics backend for documentation
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2015 06:30:53 -0700 (PDT)

Michael Godfrey wrote
> This gnuplot only system seems to be needed only in the case where users 
> are building Octave
> from source. Most users will install a packaged Octave. If they want a 
> Manual they
> have to obtain it from the Octave site.  The reason for including the 
> Manual source
> files is for developers use. So, it appears that the only use for this 
> option is for
> developers use on systems which lack any working OpenGL.  Most 
> developers will
> need to have a system which is capable of generating a fully functional 
> Octave for
> testing. This requires OpenGL.

Then let me propose the following: why not shipping the source distribution
(as the compiled ones) with a compiled manual? This would relax the osmesa
dependency. Hard core developers may anyway build from hg.

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