Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 68783
old version included, while new and improved version exists
Last modified: 2014-03-16 22:28:54 EDT
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Description of problem:
This version is awfully old. Please include 3.8 instead
(with pm3d and mouse support). As of this moment 3.8i
is as stable as a "stable" version. "Conectiva" had it for
quite some time already.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): 3.7.1
Steps to Reproduce:
Actual Results: G N U P L O T
Linux version 3.7
Expected Results: G N U P L O T
Version 3.8i patchlevel 0
The latest official release I see is 3.7.2, released in March of this year.
It has not been released yet. But it is as stable as anything. You
need to get a CVS snapshot per instructions on
Here is Hans-Bernhard Broeker (firstname.lastname@example.org) take on a release
Thomas Willert <T.Willert@gga-hannover.de> wrote:
> I've found a gzip tarball of version 3.7.2 at the DANTE server as well as a
> one of version 3.8 under testing subdirectory.
3.7.2 was originally meant as a quick-fix release for the benefit of
Debian Linux. We never made that any more official because soon after
its finalization, build problems on other platforms popped up.
> Are there plans to release a new version and binaries yet?
Expect a full release of 3.7.3 (including pre-built binary packages,
and a prominent announcement, too) pretty soon now. This is mainly a
bugfix release with some minor improvements (including some new
terminal drivers), but no major new features.
> Which improvements are developed actually?
From 3.7.1 to the next "real" release (4.0): too many to list them
here. 3.8 is the development series meant to become 4.0. There's no
schedule for the release of 4.0, but it will probably happen this
Hans-Bernhard Broeker (email@example.com)
Even if all the snow were burnt, ashes would remain
Sorry, we really aren't going to ship snapshots of the development series. We'll
add the latest stable release; this could be 3.7.3 or 4.0 if it's released in time.
And why is that? You did it with other stuff. And there are "released" packages
that much more qualify for "alpha" release and yet they are included.
Gnuplot team is famous for procrastinating the releases (look at 3.5 -> 3.7
release), the 3.8 has significan improvements to the user interface
(mouse support for x11 terminal). Gnuplot is being used as a plotting engine by
many programs (e.g. octave). The fact that many distributions are holding
back on this 3.7 release forces maintainers of other gnuplot-dependent packages
to hold on it as well.
I sincerely hope you re-consider your stance on it.
It is our general policy to not ship software that upstream maintainers do not
feel is ready; if they don't believe it's ready enough for a stable realease, we
should not ship it.