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bug #44529: make doc function aware of package documentation files

Submitted by:  Avinoam Kalma <avinoam>
Submitted on:  Thu 12 Mar 2015 10:51:05 PM UTC  
Category: Octave FunctionSeverity: 3 - Normal
Priority: 5 - NormalItem Group: Incorrect Result
Status: ConfirmedAssigned to: None
Originator Name: AvinoamOpen/Closed: Open
Release: 4.2.0Operating System: Microsoft Windows

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Sat 24 Dec 2016 07:47:31 AM UTC, comment #7:

Retagging release from 4.0.0 to 4.2.0.

Avinoam Kalma <avinoam>
Project Member
Fri 23 Dec 2016 09:16:32 PM UTC, comment #6:

This issue is still the same with Octave 4.2.0. (mxe-build on WinXP)

Hartmut <hardy>
Tue 02 Jun 2015 04:34:12 PM UTC, comment #5:

Retagging release from 4.0.0-rc1 to 4.0.0.

John W. Eaton <jwe>
Project Administrator
Sat 14 Mar 2015 12:39:49 AM UTC, comment #4:

The error message from the info program ("dir: No such file or directory") is easy enough to work around by passing the --file option. But that doesn't help in Windows because the info program can't run in the GUI terminal. So basically yes, the only way to make this work would be to allow the info file to be given to the GUI doc browser.

That sounds like a bigger design change that should probably wait until later.

The optim package maintainer could make optim_doc call out to the GUI directly if desired, but I think it would be better to solve this in some way that all packages can benefit from.

Mike Miller <mtmiller>
Project Administrator
Fri 13 Mar 2015 02:46:52 PM UTC, comment #3:

Could the octave doc function be extended to support a filename and keyword option - optim_doc would then be a wrapper for providing to the doc function to specify the file to look in, and then would handle use of the GUI browser.

John Donoghue <lostbard>
Project Member
Fri 13 Mar 2015 01:39:25 PM UTC, comment #2:

I agree with John. I think this may fall into a bigger scope of how to work with packages that provide an Info format user manual. If the info program can run in the Windows GUI, feel free to provide a patch to make this work. But otherwise I think this is a wishlist about making package docs available to the GUI doc browser.

Mike Miller <mtmiller>
Project Administrator
Fri 13 Mar 2015 12:04:39 PM UTC, comment #1:

Works with octave on CLI mode, just not GUI mode.

Perhaps it can also be modified to use the documentation browser when in GUI mode.

John Donoghue <lostbard>
Project Member
Thu 12 Mar 2015 10:51:05 PM UTC, original submission:

Running MXE-octave in Win7, after installing optim

The problem is with the "info.exe" program

Avinoam Kalma <avinoam>
Project Member


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    Date Changed By Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced By
    Sun 13 Aug 2017 02:15:50 PM UTCjweCategoryDocumentation=>Octave Function
    Sun 13 Aug 2017 02:15:03 PM UTCjweCategoryOctave Forge Package=>Documentation
      Summaryproblem with optim_doc in MXE-Octave=>make doc function aware of package documentation files
    Sat 24 Dec 2016 07:47:31 AM UTCavinoamRelease4.0.0=>4.2.0
    Tue 02 Jun 2015 04:34:12 PM UTCjweRelease4.0.0-rc1=>4.0.0
    Fri 13 Mar 2015 12:04:39 PM UTClostbardStatusNone=>Confirmed

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