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GNU Octave 5.2.1 Released

From: John W. Eaton
Subject: GNU Octave 5.2.1 Released
Date: Sat, 8 Feb 2020 07:31:49 -0500
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The Octave developers are pleased to announce the release of GNU Octave, version 5.2.0.

Version 5.2.0 is a bug fixing release. The bugs fixed in this release are listed at the end of this message.

We hope you find Octave to be useful.  Please help us make it even
better for the future!  See

for ways you can become involved in Octave's development and

for ways to donate to the project.

The source code for Octave 5.2.0 is available for download at:

  -rw-r--r-- 1 3003 3002 21471642 Feb 03 18:19 octave-5.2.0.tar.lz
  -rw-r--r-- 1 3003 3002 25439716 Feb 03 18:19 octave-5.2.0.tar.xz
  -rw-r--r-- 1 3003 3002 33360285 Feb 03 18:18 octave-5.2.0.tar.gz


  3c621e85026d4a807f5639901a41ae71  octave-5.2.0.tar.lz
  15a423efbf90cde6836f42232902f54b  octave-5.2.0.tar.xz
  b32a178304c219460673236854ac7a4c  octave-5.2.0.tar.gz

If for some reason Octave 5.2.0 is not available from a mirror site that is automatically selected by, please see for a list of other mirror sites around the world. If all else fails, you may also use, but please try to reduce the load on that system by trying to use a mirror first.

Binaries for Windows systems are available at

Links to binary (executable) versions for other systems will be listed at as they become available.

As always, many people contributed to this Octave release. A complete list of contributors may be found in the Octave manual.

About Octave:

GNU Octave is a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides capabilities for the numerical solution of linear and nonlinear problems and for performing other numerical experiments. It also provides extensive graphics capabilities for data visualization and manipulation. Octave is normally used through its interactive command line interface, but it can also be used to write non-interactive programs. The Octave language is quite similar to Matlab so that most programs are easily portable. A full description of Octave capabilities is available at

This version is a bug fixing release:

## Improvements

- Lock amd and symbfact to avoid segmentation fault with SuiteSparse
  ([bug #57435](

- Fix segfault when calculating patch vertex normals
  ([bug #57353](

- Fix segfault in constructing patch normals for lighting
  ([bug #57353](

- mat2str.m: Fix for logical matrix (add 'transpose').

- improve file equality check for MS Windows
  ([bug #55161](

- ismember.m: Fix second return argument when values are complex
  ([bug #52437](

- findobj.m: Fix typo and correctly handle numeric properties
  ([bug #57030](

- Correctly display integer types with format hex
  ([bug #56966](

- Cast 'winqueryreg' 'REG_DWORD' types to 'DWORD'
  ([bug #56703](

- Fix numerous errors in 'audiowrite' / 'audioread'
  ([bug #56889](

- print.m: Pass quoted path to 'octave-svgconvert'
  ([bug #56768](

- dir.m: Fix occasionally returning incorrect folder field
  ([bug #55448](

- Stop segfault when calling 3-input form of 'diag' with cell arrays
  ([bug #56711](

- improve message for setting breakpoint in nonexistent function
  ([bug #56157](

- Use framebuffer object for printing invisible Qt figures on mac
  ([bug #55268](

- Escape backslash characters in 'EPS' output
  ([bug #56448](

- Use replacement characters to display non UTF-8 strings in figures
  ([bug #55974](

- inputrc: Add warning about modification
  ([bug #56079](

- (global_search): just return if query string is empty
  ([bug #56388](

- Default (c)transpose for old style class arrays
  ([bug #56323](

- Always reserve at least 1 element of storage for sparse matrices
  ([bug #56232](

- Don't segfault at exit after reading malformed HDF5 file
  ([bug #56149](

- Fix pause() with no arguments called on Windows
  ([bug #55943](

- refactor minimum eigenvalue index search in 'qp'
  ([bug #56037](

- qp: fix obscure corner case when calculating 'qp' caused by a typo
  ([bug #56037](

- use 'std::streampos' instead of 'std::ios::streampos'
  ([patch #9782](

- fix 'pause' and 'kbhit' with glibc 2.28 end-of-file state behavior
  ([bug #55029](

- Fix return of left-handed vectors when inputs are complex
  ([bug #56026](

- waitbar.m: Fix hang when using 'createcancelbtn' property
  ([bug #55963](

- shading.m: Fix unexpected error when multiple 'hggroups' present
  ([bug #55993](

- dec2base.m: Correctly handle zero matrix input
  ([bug #56005](

- eliminate duplicate graphics callback object stack
  ([bug #55908](

- Improve performance when closing figures
  ([bug #55908](

- Reduce time to process 'pkg -forge list' by 30X
  ([bug #39479](

- Feed 'fig2dev' with PDF files converted from svg
  ([bug #55906](

- Improve error checking for 'iconv_open'.

- poly.m: fix the fix for input of complex conjugate pairs
  ([bug #53897](

- mkoctfile: use the 'TMPDIR' environment variable if set
  ([bug #55814](

- line.m: Fix creation of unwanted axes
  ([bug #55840](

- Accept 4-input form for quiver3
  ([bug #55570](

- pkg.m: restore installing packages from zip archives
  ([bug #55788](

- axis.m: Fix issues with 'equal' argument
  ([bug #55619](,
   [bug #55614](,
   [bug #55574](,
   [bug #55514](,
   [bug #54848](,
   [bug #53724](,
   [bug #53504](,
   [bug #53336](,
   [bug #51938](,
   [bug #50356](

- ordeig.m: Do not fail on 1x1 matrices
  ([bug #55779](

## GUI

- fix editors search and replace in selection
  ([bug #56405](

- undo a complete replace all action in the editor
  ([bug #56405](

- fix missing unlock of mutex when gui editor is not present
  ([bug #56097](

- prevent unnamed editor tab from being closed by 'rmdir'
  ([bug #55888](

- prevent editor from closing files that are not affected by 'rmdir'
  ([bug #55823](

- fix creating keyword files for editor autocompletion
  ([bug #55835](

- fix dock widget position when being dragged out of the main window
  ([bug #55704](

## Build system / Tests

- configure: prevent overlinking when SUNDIALS is disabled
  ([bug #55956](

- use QtCore and Qt5Gui modules instead of Qt5OpenGL
  ([bug #55735](

- make building with Qt4 QGLWidget work again
  ([bug #55735](

- build: adapt to changes in Texinfo 6.7.

- BIST should not rely on the current directory to be writable.

- Fix test.

- maint: Make old style class tests Matlab compatible.

- Add BIST tests for 'unlink'
  ([bug #56097](

## Documentation

- fix many spelling errors
  ([bug #57613](

- help: improve documentation for the 'startup.m' user script.

- avoid conflict with @seealso macro in Texinfo 6.6
  ([bug #55952](

- Also translate '@seealso' here.
  ([bug #55952](

- __makeinfo__.m: Also translate '@seealso' here
  ([bug #55952](

- polar.m: Document that input is expected to be in radians
  ([bug #57052](

- gallery.m: Fix typo in docstring for poisson
  ([bug #56267](

- Add 1024x1024 Octave logo icon
  ([bug #55836](

- add '.editorconfig' for default file encoding and indentation.

- octave.doap: Copy localized (short) description over from appdata
  ([bug #55279](

- org.octave.Octave.appdata.xml: Add German and French description
  ([bug #55279](

- languages/*.ts: updated language files
  ([bug #55772](

- quiver3.m: Fix texinfo typo in docstring from cset f7b10bd40045.

- doc: fix '.' Operator Index entry to build with Texinfo 6.7.

- doc: improve example of using global variables from oct-files.

- doc: Create en-dashes and em-dashes correctly in documentation.

- doc: expand 'page_output_immediately' doc string, mention 'page_screen_output'.

- doc: Clarify documentation of 'history_file'
  ([bug #57027](

- doc: Improve documentation for 'get_help_text', 'get_help_text_from_file'.

- doc: Add documentation for 'GNUTERM' variable used with gnuplot
  ([bug #56906](

- doc: Improve 'contour' docstring example
  ([bug #56849](

- doc: Add example to show limitations of the given BLAS integer size.

- doc: Improve documentation of sparse functions.

- doc: Improve spelling of 'bicgstab'
  ([bug #56812](

- doc: Remove 'Map' functions 'keys', 'values', 'remove' from unimplemented list
  ([bug #56718](

- doc: Add function index entry for alias 'inverse'
  ([bug #56629](

- add content rating declaration to AppStream metadata
  ([bug #56466](

- doc: Remove stray semicolons from 'pie', 'pie3' calling forms.

- doc: Redo documentation for 'rats' function.

- doc: Specify 'position' property for text objects is a three-element vector
  ([bug #56303](

- doc: state that Octave can only load HDF5 files created by itself
  ([bug #56148](

- doc: Fix names of options in 'issorted'
  ([bug #56087](

- doc: Small fixes to 'mat2cell' and 'polyeig' docstrings
  ([bug #55985](

- doc: Improve example code for using '-pdflatexstandalone'
  ([bug #55945](

- doc: Refer to "root object" rather than "root figure object".

- doc: Place cross-reference from list of graphics object properties back to object
  ([bug #46076](

- doc: document the newline character in warning messages
  ([bug #49158](

- doc: pkg versions can be more general than "x.y.z"
  ([bug #55798](

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