Bug Fix List - 4.2.0 Release

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The following bugs must be fixed prior to the next release. See also the 4.2.0 Release Checklist .

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Bugs marked as Crash[edit]

(Some of these crashes seem to appear only on a few systems. Please check which your system(s) can reproduce.)

  • Owner: jwe #48574 With GCC 6.x, an error in an onCleanup function causes Octave to crash
  • Owner: ??? #45366 Two objects not cleaning dynamically allocated widgets leading to crash at exit -- patch supplied
  • Owner: ??? #47837 Segmentation fault with missing warning state "all"
  • Owner: ??? #47927 Ctrl+C crashes Octave on MacOS
  • Owner: ??? #47914 segfault with OpenGL patches and address sanitizer
  • Owner: ??? #47650 octave crashed while plotting many functions
  • #46501 Crash running uimenu code under Qt
  • Owner: ??? #46349 dblquad/triplequad - periodic functions over the whole period [hang, not crash]
  • #46315 Assertion Failed - profiler crash on every 2nd time execution halts
  • Owner: ??? #45863 Octave crashes when clicking on polar plot using OpenGL
  • Owner: ??? #45577 Solving systems using complex NaN causes crash
  • WON'T FIX Owner: ??? #44823 Segfault when using HD Graphics 6000 on Fedora 21

Windows[edit]

  • Owner: ??? #39000 Can't override BLAS XERBLA handler on Windows
  • Owner: ??? #44470 Pause does not detect Ctrl+C keystroke in Windows GUI
  • Owner: ??? #45860 Many stacked uipanels crashes the qt gui in Windows 8
  • WON'T FIX Owner: ??? #47840 exec segfaults on Windows
  • Owner: ??? #46476 Octave 4.0.0 crashes on plot
  • Owner: ??? #45297 GUI crash when calling scatter (x, y, [], color) with Windows 8.1 (Anyone with Win 8.1 to reproduce this? If not, skip it.)
  • WON'T FIX Owner: ??? #47445 Settng colours for too many plots causes Segmentation violation (Anyone with Win 8 to reproduce this? If not, skip it.)
  • Owner: ??? #45634 Octave 4.0.0 GUI crashes on first-time use
  • Owner: ??? #45604 Windows XP Octave 4.0.0 plot crashes

Bugs marked Configuration and Build System[edit]

  • Owner: ??? #48380 Binary versions of several Octave-Forge packages fail to build with MXE
  • NEED INFO #41574 Current build approach causes mkoctfile to link to too many libraries on the Mac -- patch posted
  • Owner: ??? #44979 check for osmesa is done at runtime and not configure -- Someone should check if this is easy
  • Owner: jwe #48139 New warnings about deprecated functions when building liboctave -- minor but should be easy to fix
  • Owner: ??? #45399 build failure with multiple flex source files using gcc Link Time Optimization (LTO) -- patch submitted. Marked "minor", but easy fix.
  • Owner: ??? #47971 "make clean; make" fails on missing oct-conf-post.h
  • Owner: ??? #47576 mxe-octave: octave-4.0.1-installer.exe (32bit) does not install on Windows 10 -- ready for test
  • Owner: ??? #47858 Building with hdf5-1.10 fails due to changed variable type -- patch posted
  • Owner: JWE #48319 Development source build failure related to LONG_DOUBLE_ROUNDING in oct-inttypes.cc
  • Owner: ??? #46063 Build system re-makes certain files 2 or even 3 times
  • WON'T FIX Owner: ??? #46758 mxe-octave: octave-logo.ico is cropped not scaled due to rsvg-convert bug
  • Owner: ??? #45646 files in source distribution should not be deleted on "clean" or "distclean" -- is marked as "minor", but sounds important for a release
  • Owner: ??? #47617 mxe-octave: instrument-control package not installed correctly in official release -- this looks simple; is it?
  • Owner: ??? #48340 parallel package fails to build with dev octave

Bugs with severity >= 4[edit]

  • POSTPONED Owner: ??? #44916 --softwareopengl option for performance
  • Owner: ??? #37672 CTRL+C interrupt processing causes segfaults -- patch posted
  • Owner: ??? #47400 panic on Ctrl+c with multithreaded ATLAS or OpenBLAS -- patch posted
  • #41567 error in qr -- patch posted
  • Owner: ??? #43098 "if (array)" should raise a warning, and give the same result for dense and sparse -- patch posted
  • Owner: ??? #47676 Cannot apply computed assignment to a variable defined after the code was parsed (e.g., in a script) -- workaround patch posted
  • Owner: ??? #39000 Can't override BLAS XERBLA handler on Windows
  • POSTPONED #42469 GUI crashes on international character after autocompletion -- upstream scintilla bug. Can we work around it?
  • #44335 Use consistent wording for "contribute" vs "donate" -- patch posted
  • Owner: User:siko1056 #46330 segfault with matrices containing Inf & NaN -- patch posted
  • Owner: ??? #47543 segfault with warnings disabled in subfunction when all warnings disabled globally -- patch posted

Bugs marked as regressions[edit]

  • owner (???) #41574 Current build approach causes mkoctfile to link to too many libraries on the Mac -- patch posted
  • owner (???) #44498 isvector: Always returns true for objects from user defined classes -- patch submitted
  • owner (???) #47337 [Windows] fltk toolkt: infinite loop "GL2PS warning: Unknown token in buffer" when printing -- infinite loop is almost as bad as a crash
  • owner (???) #47756 [ode suit] integrate_adaptive fails with vertical tspan -- patch posted
  • owner (???) #44152 print("plot_file.pdf") generates warning message -- trivial fix
  • owner (???) #36743 Octave:language-extension warning warns about Octave's own files -- old bug, but the inability to warn of automatic broadcast is a regression.
  • owner (???) #45507 acos returns different results on big input values on gcc 4.8
  • owner (???) #43559 "hold on" causes "plot" to use incorrect series colouring -- patch posted
  • owner (???) #46522 clear all does not fix shadowed "help" -- (Three of us can no longer reproduce this.)
  • owner (???) #48296 demo hangs with subplot and pager -- patch posted
  • owner (???) #47571 Problem with umlaut in command line -- I think no code change is needed; just compiling Windows binary of 4.2.0 in a UTF-8 environment
  • WONT'T FIX owner (???) #46645 Can't load struct variables that use arbitrary fieldnames -- may be too hard

Bugs marked GUI[edit]

Bugs related to Windows OS[edit]

  • Owner: ??? #42036 Files and directories with non-ASCII characters not handled correctly on Windows
  • Owner: ??? #43099 utf-8 files: editor, command windows issues, workspace pane shows correctly

Other Bugs with Patches[edit]

Patches reviewed by "non-committing" developers[edit]

  • Reviewer: Lachlan #39014 Wrong determinant for some (large) matrices
  • Reviewer: Lachlan #32756 Ignore unknown datatypes in HDF5 files but load remainder of file correctly
  • Reviewer: Lachlan #45972 Anonymous function handles with varargin are not correctly saved.
  • Reviewer: Lachlan #37613 Octave precision/accuracy is much lower for quadgk
  • Reviewer: Lachlan #40904 WHAT function should return all available results for MATLAB compatibility

Unreviewed patches that seem (to LA) worth reviewing[edit]

  • Owner: ??? #46136 error messages for stacks of anonymous functions not informative enough
  • Owner: ??? #47756 [ode suit] integrate_adaptive fails with vertical tspan -- One-line patch. Who knows the ode suite?
  • Owner: ??? #46008 Help function fails to return help header for subfunctions and nested functions
  • Owner: ??? #36646 Statistics tests produce errors and warnings when var(sample) == 0 -- patch only fixes some functions, but better than none.
  • Owner: ??? #46852 smarter diagnostic message when a user variable shadows a function definition
  • #46912 qr not working as described && related #41567 qr fails with two matrix inputs
  • Owner: ??? #45969 Inner scopes of nested anonymous function definitions are not saved.
  • Owner: ??? #45903 pkg rebuild -global fails if package directory does not exist
  • Owner: ??? #42561 gnuplot error on "demo trimesh"
  • Owner: ??? #41742 The rand function occasionally returns unexpected results.
  • Owner: ??? #39036 line(X, Y) draws no lines
  • Owner: ??? #38483 qp() fails with empty inequality constraints
  • POSTPONED Owner: ??? #46236 GUI Workspace - use same column headings as Matlab Reviewed by: jwe
  • Owner: ??? #47800 gammainc(x,a,"upper") rounds down to zero if output is below eps
  • Owner: ??? #42671 [PATCH] corr() does not have p-values output, returns 1.0 with one observation.

Feature requests[edit]

  • Owner: ??? #45497 missing function: repelem && dependent patch #46385 Can't Repmat Structure Arrays -- The second bug could be fixed without the first, but the proposed patch uses repelem.
  • Owner: Lachlan #41215 Request for a "pkg test" feature && related #41298 pkg install: automatically extract %!tests and install both extracted and fixed test files
  • Owner: ??? #47824 No Matlab-compatible corrcoef
  • Owner: ??? #36372 Improved ranks.m included

Lachlan's patches -- someone impartial can triage these :)[edit]

  • Owner: ??? #46458 tab completion does not work for the elements of a struct when that struct is a cell of a cell array
  • Owner: ??? #48317 tab autocomplete doesn't complete local functions
  • Owner: ??? #47950 glob and dir functions are unable to escape square bracket characters in Windows
  • Owner: ??? #47414 Folding editor text breaks cursor movement
  • Owner: ??? #46859 floating point error in range results in non-integer value -- patch warns of error, rather than fixing it.
  • Owner: ??? #48315 cov.m: Incorrect result
  • Owner: ??? #46660 object array writing into class member alters another class member
  • Owner: ??? #48044 Searching for markers does not wrap
  • Owner: ??? #48292 dbstop marker obscures bookmarks
  • Owner: ??? #47173 mtimes allows arguments with >= 3 dimensions -- a patch deep in core, so it needs careful review.
  • Owner: ??? #39349 funny output from help .'
  • #46632 Breakpoints and program counter arrow aren't cleared in some cases
  • Owner: ??? #43925 isscalar behaves incorrectly for some user-defined classes
  • Owner: ??? #36015 unexpected sqp error

Other bug reports tagged as "patch submitted"[edit]

  • Owner: ??? #40095 Clearvar function not implemented (LA vote: unsure)
  • Owner: ??? #44336 warning ("error", "all") changes "matlab-compatible" warnings if there's an "all" status before
  • Owner: ??? #32839 pkg build/install does not work with directories
  • Owner: ??? #32008 sqp: Don't set upper/lower bound unless specified -- clarification requested
  • Owner: ??? #44727 editor: breakpoints are confused after file is changed -- will be fixed by patch for #46332.
  • Owner: ??? #45542 griddatan unable to perform 4-dimensional interpolation. -- diff requested
  • Owner: ??? #44503 'set (gca, camera.......)' doesn't update 3D plots

Other Bugs[edit]

Potentially excluded bugs[edit]

These bugs have been provisionally decided not to be blockers for 4.2.0. That doesn't mean they can't be fixed, if someone wants to fix them.

Bugs marked as Crash[edit]

Other bugs marked as crash in Savannah[edit]

  • POSTPONED Owner: ??? #47958 GUI freezes when starting debug with a partly drawn Qt figure (LA vote: unsure)
  • WON'T FIX Owner: ??? #42118 COW memory issues when extracting small slices from large arrays (LA vote: unsure)
  • Owner: ??? #40044 *** glibc detected *** gnuplot: double free or corruption (fasttop): 0x08d72878 *** (LA vote: not necessary)
  • WON'T FIX Owner: ??? #40608 MinGW: crashes with JIT (LA vote: not necessary)
  • POSTPONED Owner: ??? #41213 JIT segfaults on non-x86 processors (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #42429 @ftp/dir crashes Octave (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #44478 test __osmesa_print__.cc-tst crashes with Nvidia drivers (LA vote: not necessary)
  • POSTPONED Owner: ??? #46192 JIT compiler fails in jit.tst and aborts Octave (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #46926 saveas() crashes Octave (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #47620 segfault when using eval and anoymous function (LA vote: not necessary)
  • WON'T FIX Owner: ??? #47827 "Ctrl+1" shortcut crashes the GUI (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #48078 signal package: crash in remez with close frequency band values + differentiator (LA vote: not necessary)
  • WON'T FIX Owner: ??? #48219 Crash at end of execution of openEMS script (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #48284 Can't make the graphics work on new installation
  • Owner: ??? #48323 interval package: segmentation fault in qr function (LA vote: not necessary)
  • POSTPONED Owner: ??? #41652 Octave builds but crashes when trying to use gcj for java support (LA vote: not necessary)

Bugs marked configuration and build system in Savannah[edit]

The following three bugs are minor, but closely related and two go back to 2012

  • Owner: ??? #35392 /etc/octaverc (LA vote: not necessary, but desirable)
  • Owner: ??? #36477 use XDG dirs instead of HOME (LA vote: not necessary, but desirable)
  • Owner: ??? #40444 On Windows, config & history files etc. should go to %APPDATA% (LA vote: not necessary, but desirable)
  • Owner: ??? #47886 Do not link against libraries without OpenGL (LA vote: unsure)
  • Owner: ??? #41027 config.h is too generic (LA vote: up to JWE)
  • Owner: ??? #38776 Tests in private functions cannot be tested directly (LA vote: unnecessary)
  • Owner: ??? #41298 pkg install: automatically extract %!tests and install both extracted and fixed test files (LA vote: unnecessary; useful for development, not release)
  • Owner: ??? #43298 llvm libc++ 3.5 fails to resolve the pow(octave_int<int>, octave_Int<int>) function overload (LA vote: unnecessary; old compiler)
  • Owner: ??? #43908 Some OF packages won't install with 64-bit indexing Octave (unnecessary -- bugs are in Forge, not core)
  • Owner: ??? #45082 mxe native build fails at gmp (LA vote: unnecessary)
  • Owner: ??? #45188 MXE: problems installing different Octave versions side by side (LA vote: unnecessary)
  • Owner: ??? #45578 build failure due to no dependency on libgnu (LA vote: unnecessary)
  • Owner: ??? #45644 Build system distributes .cc files in include/octave directory (LA vote: relevant to release, but low priority)
  • Owner: ??? #46863 mxe-octave: build_packages.m not up to date (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #47817 mxe-octave: error while building documentation of dev Octave (not necessary, as docs are pre-built)
  • Owner: ??? #48172 doc build fails with texi2dvi/texi2pdf errors on Ubuntu 14.04 (not necessary, as docs are pre-built)
  • Owner: ??? #39446 MXE-Octave: LAPACK build mixes MinGW and MSVC (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #40111 Support runtime selection of Java version on Linux and Unix systems (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #40252 Make GUI compatible with both Qt4 and Qt5 (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #41652 Octave builds but crashes when trying to use gcj for java support (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #44359 Save and restore user FFLAGS, add additional options to AM_FFLAGS (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #34301 Can't compile oct files using gcc -fvisibility=hidden option (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #41061 building with --enable-jit with libllvm 3.5 fails to compile (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #43343 Associate .m files to open in Octave editor in macOS (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #47831 mercurial build writes files to source tree doc/{interpreter,liboctave} (LA vote: not necessary)

Bugs marked as regression in Savannah[edit]

  • owner (???) #46047 Large number of axes ticks for big logarithmic plots (LA vote: unsure)
  • owner (???) #43585 rectangle wrong axis calculation (LA vote: unsure)
  • owner (???) #38236 invoking script in demo block to define variables causes errors (LA vote: not necessary)
  • owner (???) #40333 print with legend modifies axis position (LA vote: not necessary -- didn't block 4.0)
  • owner (???) #44245 need configurable warning when sprintf format contains integer code, but value is real number (LA vote: not necessary)
  • owner (???) #44829 Multiple legends not working anymore with plotyy (LA vote: not necessary)
  • owner (???) #45494 A recent change has broken hist (randn (10000, 1), 30); (LA vote: not necessary)
  • owner (???) #45710 grid minor and axis tight fail to plot all minor grid lines (LA vote: not necessary)
  • owner (???) #45823 Empty plot after figure command (FLTK only) (LA vote: not necessary)
  • owner (???) #46011 Can't warn of automatic broadcasting without triggering #36743 (LA vote: not necessary)
  • owner (???) #46496 Problems with legend background and labels spacing
  • owner (???) #46516 Qt plotting, plot overlay ignores plot order -- Windows only (LA vote: not necessary)
  • owner (???) #47415 out of memory negating a permutation matrix (LA vote: not necessary)
  • owner (???) #47755 Access to object arrays (LA vote: not necessary -- not sure it is a regression)
  • owner (???) #44934 classdef parser prints extra newline when failing to parse bad classdef file (LA vote: not necessary)

Patch submitted[edit]

  • Owner: ??? #41028 warning off shouldn't affect lastwarn -- (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #31626 lsode: patch to make Jacobian types of dlsode.f accessible -- (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #48095 GUI configuration files are undocumented (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #41428 Add an &~ binary operator (LA vote: note necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #47919 Error messages for mismatched struct fields is not informative (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #41088 add a splash screen (loading is non-instantaneous) (LA vote: not necessary)
  • Owner: ??? #41818 Fixed up "find" function with templates and fourth parameter (LA vote: not necessary)

Patches from Savannah patch collection[edit]

  • Owner: ??? #9026 Automatically close if, for, while etc.
  • Owner: ??? #9023 Tell user about misaligned if/end pairs when an end-related error occurs
  • WON'T FIX Owner: ??? #9022 Allow paging of some but not all commands
  • Owner: ??? #8956 F3 for "Find Next", shift+F3 for "Find Prev"
  • Owner: ??? #8656 Variable Editor (expanded from Patch #8316)
  • Owner: ??? #9011 Tests for corefcn/sparse.cc
  • Owner: ??? #8801 add support for the histogram and histcounts functions -- useful as Matlab is deprecating hist
  • Owner: ??? #8696 Use unicode utf-8 rather than Symbol font for gnuplot when possible -- Check, because printing non-ASCII with gnuplot is a known bug
  • Owner: ??? #8367 Doxygen comments for input.h and cleanup of input.cc
  • Owner: ??? #8303 vectorized parcellfun and pararrayfun
  • Owner: ??? #8913 remove zlib from public API
  • Owner: ??? #8491 Make pkg handle and display (in textmode) package documentation in info format
  • Owner: ??? #8640 Comments for translators
  • Owner: ??? #8073 Remove redundant function calls in sqp
  • Owner: ??? #8077 Alter colloc to handle Laguerre polynomials (see Numerical, items 5,6 on Projects page)
  • Owner: ??? #8607 New module h5read to read/write HDF5 files
  • Owner: Carlo #8979 Add two functions to check and set ODE options

Matlab functions, by regular devs[edit]

  • Owner: ??? #9048 Matlab compatible publish function
  • Owner: ??? #9014 Add "camlight" function
  • Owner: ??? #9013 New function "material"
  • Owner: ??? #9040 Add function "lighting"
  • Owner: ??? #8856 add function reducevolume
  • Owner: ??? #8872 add isocaps
  • Owner: ??? #8864 add smooth3
  • Owner: ??? #7924 Added two functions: locale() and setlocale()
  • Owner: ??? #8912 add function reducepatch

Matlab functions, needing major work[edit]

  • Owner: ??? #8962 Working version of expmv
  • Owner: ??? #8541 isdiag, istriu, istril, isbanded, and bandwidth functions

Other open patches from Savannah[edit]

  • Owner: ??? #9027 Allow evalin for arbitrary contexts
  • Owner: ??? #9025 Concise output of filenames
  • Owner: ??? #9024 Colour-coded output text
  • Owner: ??? #9012 Abbreviations as Location input for the legend() command -- patch requested.
  • Owner: ??? #8988 Adding to index.html of manual, installation/loading commands
  • Owner: ??? #8986 CDF plot implementation
  • Owner: ??? #8974 GSOC16 - Improve iterative methods for sparse linear systems
  • Owner: ??? #8943 object class "light" for lighting effects on patches and surfaces
  • Owner: ??? #8824 added affine2d class
  • Owner: ??? #8722 For image() and imagesc(), added value readout in status bar when mousing over a figure
  • Owner: ??? #8693 Reimplement operator * (const SparseMatrix& m, const SparseMatrix& a) to use SuiteSparse
  • Owner: ??? #8690 Alternative implementation of tcdf
  • Owner: ??? #8526 avoid conflict with gnu99 stdbool.h -- JWE is cleaning the API. Is this worth it?
  • Owner: ??? #8417 Consolidate large conditional type decisions -- needs comments
  • Owner: ??? #8314 Patch to build system to use @rpath for Mac liboctave/libinterp
  • Owner: ??? #8308 Adds --minimal-dependencies flag to mkoctfile for more portable mex/oct files
  • Owner: ??? #7976 Make PPKG_ADD and PKG_DEL see both m-file and oct-file directories of a package (2nd post)