bugGNU Octave - Bugs: bug #46848, text file format not documented


bug #46848: text file format not documented

Submitter:  Francesco Potortì <pot>
Submitted:  Fri 08 Jan 2016 11:06:06 AM UTC
Category:  Documentation Severity:  3 - Normal
Priority:  5 - Normal Item Group:  Feature Request
Status:  Confirmed Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Open/Closed:  * Open
Release:  * 4.0.0 Operating System:  * GNU/Linux
Fixed Release:  None Planned Release:  None
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Fri 08 Jan 2016 11:06:06 AM UTC, original submission:  

As far as I can find in the manual, the text file format of Octave is not documented.

For example, the -ascii option to save() does not mention how the text file is written: it should mention save_precision(), should say what the separator is, should say that rows are separated by newlines.

As another example, load() is said to be able to read Octave text files, but to understand what is the used format, one must resort to looking at how Octave creates text files. And this is not enough: only today after years of use of Octave, while reading the help mailing list I discovered that load can read comma-separated text files, which is important information indeed.

Francesco Potortì <pot>


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