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so many functions not documented...

From: Bojan Petkovic
Subject: so many functions not documented...
Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 08:49:54 -0500

Hi everyone,
I am novice Octave user and trying to figure out how all this GNU things work and would really appreciate some help considerind followind (basic) questions. I am using Octave 2.1.42 installed from complete forge distribution on Win2k. So here it is,
- How certain function is being accepted to be distributed from official Octave distributors like or
- Why some of them are distributed but not documented in files coming within distribution although they have help header in it's body. For example there are lot of files concerning optimization or numerical integration or splines but they are not documented not only in manual but in .info files too.
- Why some of distributed files begin for example with "## Copyright (C) 2001 Paul Kienzle", others for example with "## Copyright (C) 1996, 1997 John W. Eaton#### This file is part of Octave" and some without any copyright and/or "This is part of Octave" notification, like m/integration/count.m or crule2d.m etc. Are they official Octave functions, tested by some body and approved etc? and if not why distributed from official distributor?
- Is it still good and preferable idea to write functions which would have the same name and role as functions in Matlab toolboxes or is Octave now developing toolboxes more like in independent way.

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