[Slackbuilds-users] failure building GNU Octave 3.8.2 with SuiteSparse 4.4.1, temporary workaround included

Kyle Guinn elyk03 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 1 17:35:09 UTC 2015

On 1/1/15, Marco Maggi <marco.maggi-ipsu at poste.it> wrote:
> Ciao,
>   the latest  GNU Octave release  3.8.2 fails to build  when interfacing
> with the  latest SuiteSparse release 4.4.1,  because SuiteSparse changed
> interface  in multiple  places: these  two packages  have gotten  out of
> sync.  This  is known to Octave's  maintainers[1][2] and a fix  might be
> included in the next release, but for now no luck.
>   What is  SlackBuild's policy  for this  case?  Tell  users to  use the
> latest compatible versions?  Disable support for SuiteSparse in Octave's
> build script?

This is why the latest isn't always the greatest.  I have an update
for all of the SuiteSparse pieces, but I abandoned it whenever it
turned out Octave couldn't use the newer version.

Letting upstream know that things are broken seems to me to be the
best approach.  Better to let them fix it correctly than for us to
force it to work with patches that may not be correct.


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