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From: Thomas Kahle <tomka@g.o>
Subject: Re: g-octave
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2011 22:56:34 +0100
Dear Juan,

On 17:23 Sat 17 Sep 2011, Juan Aguado wrote:
> Hi,
> Some months ago the octave-forge packages were removed and a new app,
> g-octave, were requiered to install the octave packages. I never
> understood why this was better since octave forge is nothing like
> ctan, cran or cpan and it requieres manual manteniance.
> Anyway, the package and its derivatives (the octave packages it
> supposes to install) is completely unmantained. There are 13 open bugs
> that nobody cares about them, is somewhat incompatible with the
> current stable version of portage (try to do an "emerge -eav world"
> with some octave packages installed and you will see a lot of warnings
> that shouldn't be there), the octave forge packages are unmantained
> (for example, g-octave tries to install control-1.0.13, while the
> newest control version is 2.1.55, or image requieres media-libs/jpeg
> instead of virtual/jpeg, which is the only reason why I'm not using
> libjpeg-turbo, btw), etc.
> I don't know how g-octave works, but with the old ebuild-based
> octave-package installation method I was able to mantain a small repo
> for myself if things were slow for a while. Now simply I can't install
> any octave package, and I'm sure I'm not the only one (there are at
> least 4 other guys in gentoo forums that don't like the current state
> of octave in gentoo).
> So please, provide a solution. Re-start the maintenance of g-octave,
> go back to the ebuild-based thing, doing a new category if you want
> (the best solution for me), or do something about this, please.

thanks for your input.  I don't know octave at all, I just remember that
Rafael (rafaelmartins@g.o) developed g-octave as a summer of code
project with a lot of zeal.  This blog-post of his seems to indicate
that he is going through some real life changes:

I'll CC him, just in case.  If things don't work out, I'll try to help
you find a solution.


Thomas Kahle
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