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Your bug reports play an essential role in making Octave reliable.
When you encounter a problem, the first thing to do is to see if it is already known. See section Known Causes of Trouble. If it isn't known, then you should report the problem.
Reporting a bug may help you by bringing a solution to your problem, or it may not. In any case, the principal function of a bug report is to help the entire community by making the next version of Octave work better. Bug reports are your contribution to the maintenance of Octave.
In order for a bug report to serve its purpose, you must include the information that makes it possible to fix the bug.
If you have Octave working at all, the easiest way to prepare a complete
bug report is to use the Octave function
bug_report. When you
execute this function, Octave will prompt you for a subject and then
invoke the editor on a file that already contains all the configuration
information. When you exit the editor, Octave will mail the bug report
|B.3 Have You Found a Bug?|
|B.4 Where to Report Bugs||Where to send your bug report.|
|B.5 How to Report Bugs||How to report a bug effectively.|
|B.6 Sending Patches for Octave||How to send a patch for Octave.|
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