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== Help reviewing Octave-Forge packages ==
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{{Note|More than one person can review a package, in fact that would be great.}}
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We need help. Here is how:
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The reviewing procedure in short:
    
# Pick a package at https://sourceforge.net/p/octave/package-releases/
 
# Pick a package at https://sourceforge.net/p/octave/package-releases/
 
# Copy the check-list below and fill it out, marking each box:
 
# Copy the check-list below and fill it out, marking each box:
#* <code>[x]</code> for passed
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#* <code>[x]</code> for successfully passed
#* <code>[n/a]</code> for non-applicable
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#* <code>[ ]</code> for not done / error (please give below the checklist a brief reason)
#* <code>[ ]</code> for skipped (because you cannot do it, missing software, etc)
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#* <code>[F]</code> for fails.
   
# Paste your filled in check-list as a comment on the issue above
 
# Paste your filled in check-list as a comment on the issue above
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# An [https://sourceforge.net/p/octave/_members/ Octave Forge Admin] will try to look over your review and hopefully release the package.
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=== What happens next ===
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== Checklist ==
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An admin will try to look over your review and hopefully release the package.  More than one person can review a package, in fact that would be great.
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<pre>
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# Repository / Metadata
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- [ ] release commit/changeset specified and present in repository
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- [ ] `generate_package_html` / `make html` works without errors and warnings
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- [ ] generated HTML documentation looks sane
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== Checklist ==
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# pkg-tool runs without errors or warnings
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<pre>
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- [ ] `pkg install  foo`
[ ] release candidate installs on latest stable Octave release
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- [ ] `pkg load     foo`
[ ] no compiler errors or warnings
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- [ ] `pkg unload    foo`
[ ] <code>pkg load foo</code> loads with errors or warnings
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- [ ] `pkg uninstall foo`
[ ] ran tests using <code>runtests /path/to/pkg</code>
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- Above steps were run on Octave and OS versions:
[ ] ran all tests, including those in src (how??)
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  - ________
[ ] ran doctest on all functions (optional)
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  - ________
[ ] Above steps were run on Octave and OS versions:
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    * ________
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    * ________
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[ ] tested with minimum Octave version list in DESCRIPTION
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[ ] reasonable dependencies listed in DESCRIPTION
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[ ] ran generate_package_html
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[ ] no makeinfo errors and warnings during HTML build
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[ ] unpacked and spot-checked the generated HTML documentation
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[ ] NEWS file makes sense, version and date match
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[ ] All functions are listed in INDEX
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</pre>
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== Other info ==
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# Package tests
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TODO:  how does one check all functions are listed in INDEX?
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- [ ] ran tests (`runtests /path/to/pkg` or `oruntests`)
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- [ ] ran `doctest` on all functions
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TODO: document how to run "all tests including those in src"  Someday this should be just "pkg test foo".
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# Package files in release candidate tarball
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TODO: would be good to provide more specific instructions for when the package as a Maintainer Makefile?  But we don't usually put the Maintainer Makefile in the .tar.gz package to do?  (At least Doctest and Symbolic don't).
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- [ ] `DESCRIPTION` version and release date updated
 
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- [ ] `DESCRIPTION` minimum Octave tested
=== Meta helping ===
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- [ ] `DESCRIPTION` all dependencies are listed
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- [ ] `NEWS` version and date match
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- [ ] `NEWS` big changes announced
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- [ ] `INDEX` all (new) functions are listed
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- [ ] version numbers in help text and function body (e.g., banners) updated
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- [ ] license specifications in help text and function body agree `licensecheck -r`
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- [ ] file permissions are readable/executable by all users
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- [ ] junk files are removed (hidden dot files, backup files, results of configure runs, etc.)
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- [ ] (optional if present) `src/configure.ac` version updated
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</pre>
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* Feel free to edit this wiki with explanations of the check list tasks
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== Admin tasks ==
* Please do add (reasonable) tasks to the check list
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=== Common problems ===
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# Upload release tarball to [https://sourceforge.net/projects/octave/files/Octave%20Forge%20Packages/Individual%20Package%20Releases/ Individual Package Releases]
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# Update https://octave.sourceforge.io/
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## Upload new package HTML documentation to {{Path|/home/project-web/octave/htdocs/packages/foo/}} <ref>How to access the Octave Forge webspace [https://sourceforge.net/p/forge/documentation/Project%20Web%20Services/ SourceForge help].</ref>
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## Update index
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### Add entry in [https://sourceforge.net/p/octave/project-web/ci/default/tree/htdocs/news.html htdocs/news.html]
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### Run [https://sourceforge.net/p/octave/project-web/ci/default/tree/admin/ofadmin_update_index.m admin/ofadmin_update_index.m]
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Here are some common problems that reviewers can check for
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== Footnotes ==
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* INDEX is missing some new functions added
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<references/>
* NEWS has not been updated or is missing something big
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* Version numbers or dates do not match between DESCRIPTION and NEWS
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* Common makeinfo errors like "@bye seen before @end deftypefn"
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* DESCRIPTION says pkg works with old Octave 4.x but it fails for me
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* Obviously, compiler errors, warnings, test failures
      
[[Category:Octave Forge]]
 
[[Category:Octave Forge]]
[[Category:Packages]]
 

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