[arch-general] Enable FLTK Octave backend?

Stefano Avallone stavallo at unina.it
Thu Sep 29 03:04:50 EDT 2011

On Wednesday 28 September 2011 16:43:59 Eric Bélanger wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 9:17 AM, Stefano Avallone <stavallo at unina.it> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I read in the Octave documentation [1] that a newer (than gnuplot)
> > plotting capability is provided by the FLTK/OpenGL backend. This new
> > backend is not available in the current octave arch package, because
> > the fltk library is required to be installed at build time.
> > 
> > I read that the FLTK backend is rather faster (for 3d plots) than the
> > gnuplot backend, and also some options (e.g., Postscript level 3 or
> > pdflatex outputs of the print command) are only available with the new
> > backend.
> > 
> > I installed fltk from extra and recompiled octave. The new backend seems
> > to work fine and it is also enables to zoom (or rotate) and pan the
> > current plot.
> > 
> > I don't know if the addition of the FLTK backend has been discussed in
> > the past and abandoned for some reasons, but I see no issues in
> > including it, since the default backend seems to still be gnuplot. So,
> > adding the support for the FLTK backend would be as simple as putting
> > fltk in makedepends and optdepends.
> > 
> > Should I open a bug to track this feature request?
> there's already a bug report: https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/25913

Thanks for pointing it out. I have added a comment there.

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