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issue with user preferences (was "problem with column specification in m

From: Mike Miller
Subject: issue with user preferences (was "problem with column specification in matrices")
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 19:10:22 -0600 (CST)

On Thu, 31 Oct 2002, John W. Eaton wrote:

> Yes, look for whitespace_in_literal_matrix in the manual.
> If you start Octave with --traditional, it this variable is set to
> "traditional" so you get the Matlab-like behavior.
> But the very existence of this variable is a problem, because unless you
> are very careful, then the way your code works (or not) can depend on
> the setting of a user preference.

This is an interesting general issue.  Is there any way to ensure that a
function or script will not fail due to user preferences?

Is there a way to start octave with all user preferences turned off (set
to defaults)?  This could be used in octave shell scripts.


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