[Pkg-octave-devel] Manpages for octave-cli and octave-gui

John W. Eaton jwe at octave.org
Thu Jan 2 21:06:10 UTC 2014

On 01/02/2014 04:28 AM, Rafael Laboissiere wrote:

> Thanks for your input on this issue, John.  The Debian package currently
> in the experimental distribution is using the 3.8.0-rc2 tarball, which
> pre-dates the changeset 65e4e05, in which octave-gui ceased to be
> installed in the bin directory.

Right, I understand that.  I just wanted to point out that it would be 
different for the final 3.8.0 release.  Sorry that this change came so 
late.  It should have been done earlier.

> However, there will be still octave-cli installed into bin.  Since the
> Debian Policy requires that every program in /usr/bin/ have a man page,
> I kept the octave-cli.1.gz link and patched the octave.1 man page to read:

Sure, there should be a man page for octave-cli.  It exists for people 
who want to run only the command line version and don't want to load the 
GUI libraries at all.  I know that it is a bit confusing to have octave 
and octave-cli which currently appear to do the same thing.  Maybe in 
the future we'll have a better solution.


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