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Re: Octave 5.2 io package

From: PhilipNienhuis
Subject: Re: Octave 5.2 io package
Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2020 17:04:41 -0600 (CST)

PhilipNienhuis wrote
> Hi Steph,
> Please keep the mailing list in cc: or to:
> The message is deliberately shown; there used to be, and in selected 
> cases there still are, good reasons for emitting it.
> But admittedly these days the majority of users just use the built-in 
> OCT interface which is fairly OK and fast for .xlsx, painfully slow for 
> .ods, and simply never bother or don't know about e.g., Java-based 
> spreadsheet I/O interfaces that may work (sometimes much) better for them.
> Your point is taken; you're not the first one to bring this up either. I 
> have some ideas on how to change it but ATM I'm working on getting 
> io-2.6.0 released and due to other priorities I'm afraid I'll have to 
> postpone this issue for a next release.

A bit to my own surprise I had to take up this issue anyway to fix what I
thought was just a minor cosmetic issue.

So, with imminent io-2.6.0 there's no more echo about detected interfaces,
unless users specifically ask for it by adding extra options to xlsread or


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