[Pkg-octave-devel] Packaging Octave Java for Debian

Sébastien Villemot sebastien.villemot at ens.fr
Wed Aug 31 21:03:54 UTC 2011

Dear Octave Java developers,

I am a member of the Debian Octave Group, and I am currently working on
packaging for Debian the Octave Java package that you developed.

I have two unrelated questions for you:

1) The files 'src/org/octave/TeXtranslator.java' and
   'src/org/octave/TeXcode.java' have "Copyright (c) 2010 Martin
   Hepperle" but no license in the header. I presume that they are
   distributed under the GPL version 2 or later, like the rest of the
   package, but I would like to have an explicit confirmation of
   this. Please consider adding a license notice in the header in
   futures releases.

2) I have been able to succesfully build and run the package on Debian
   with OpenJDK 6 (I just had to rename ".../server/libjvm.so" to
   ".../client/libjvm.so" in '__java__.cc', since the former does not
   exist in the Debian OpenJDK 6 package). However, when compiled
   against GCJ 4.4 or GCJ 4.6, the package crashes Octave. A debug
   traceback shows that the crash occurs in the JNI call which is
   supposed to create the VM. I would therefore like to know if you have
   ever successfully run the Octave Java package against GCJ (or heard
   about somebody doing so).

Thanks for your work and for your feedback,

Sébastien Villemot
Researcher in Economics at CEPREMAP & Debian Maintainer
Phone: +33-1-40-77-49-90 - GPG Key: 4096R/381A7594
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