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Re: Octave 6.0.90 release candidate Octave.app build

From: Andrew Janke
Subject: Re: Octave 6.0.90 release candidate Octave.app build
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:47:10 -0400
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.14; rv:68.0) Gecko/20100101 Thunderbird/68.12.0

Thanks Kai!

On 9/23/20 12:51 AM, Kai Torben Ohlhus wrote:
> Andrew, thanks for providing the release candidate.  I am not a native
> macOS user, but I gave it a try on a MacBook Air from 2013 (Catalina
> 10.15.6).
> Some of my experience:
> + The GUI does not hang on closing by typing "exit" or pressing the
> window "x".
> + Plotting, editing works without freezes or hangs.

This is great to hear; we may have a fix for our long-standing GUI
freeziness problem.

> - The dmg-file comes from an untrusted source, I had to do some action [1].

This is normal and applies to all the other Octave.app releases, too.
Unfortunately I have not been able to figure out how to get code signing
working yet.
See https://github.com/octave-app/octave-app/issues/83 for details.

> - There is a font cache to be generated in my home directory on the
> first run.  This process failed (due to permissions?) and I don't know
> if it was successful at all.

This appears to be an upstream issue in fontconfig. I have reported it
to fontconfig and am working with them on diagnosing it.


> - I cannot use the App menus [2], they seem to be all deactivated.

Oh, this is weird. Can you be more specific about what "deactivated"
means here? I may be seeing the same thing: When I first launch
Octave.app 6.0.90 on my macOS 10.15.6 machine, the menus in the menu bar
(the thing at the very top of the screen) are non-responsive: clicking
on them produces no action at all; no menu drops down.

If I click away from Octave (e.g. by clicking on the desktop to switch
to Finder) and then click back to Octave, then the menu bar menus work:
clicking on the menu items causes a menu to drop down, and most of the
menu items are active (not greyed out).

Is that what you're seeing?

This is new behavior that I haven't seen before.

> Kai
> [1]
> https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/open-a-mac-app-from-an-unidentified-developer-mh40616/mac
> [2] https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/menu-bar-mchlp1446/mac


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