Re: The problem with gnuplot
Hello Tim, All,
On Mon, 2005-08-15 at 10:11, Tim Connors wrote:
> On Sat, 13 Aug 2005, Lisandro Damián Nicanor Pérez Meyer wrote:
> > Someone (sorry for not knowing who) asked, if I'm not much mistaken,
> > about what do people complain about gnuplot, apart from it's GUI. Well,
> > I think gnuplot's greatest problem is it's license. Why? It complies
> > with the FSF's guides, OK, but I think it's annoying to have to patch
> > the sources every time you want to improve it. If it would be GPLed, I'm
> > sure more people would like to contribute with it.
> And related to this is the fact that libreadline can't be incorporated --
> the single most annoying thing, IMNSHO.
> Mind you, there are switches in ./configure that work (and are breaking
> people's copyrights if turned on), and there is rlwrap, but the former
> breaks when you try to tab complete a filename in single quotes (IIRC; as
> filenames need to be in gnuplot), and the latter breaks help and other
> things that need unbuffered terminal input. And I don't think the former
> saves a command line history in a history file, which readline can do (and
> rlwrap can do buggily).
Here I need some light.
Where is a copyright break when I install from source using configure
options of my best choice, in this case for example 'libreadline' and
its best friend 'libhistory'.
By the way, from my point of view:
For software in this categorie (science, heavy math oriented) it is best
to install always from source to profit from best optimizations for
underlying hardware. F.e. just think about 'atlas' and 'fftw'.