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Installing Octave for Windows 95

From: Dirk Eddelbuettel
Subject: Installing Octave for Windows 95
Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 19:41:21 -0400 (EDT)

  John> I want to put togetgher a new installation of Octave on a computer
  John> running Windows 95 OSR2.  The latest Win95 binary seems to be Octave
  John> 2.0.13.  There are later versions of the Cygwin software, eg. B20.1.
  John> I have another computer where I have B19 running.  Which version of
  John> the Cygwin software should I use, 

Under NT 4.0 SP3, I used 2.0.13 with cygwin b19, and it didn't work very well
 [ compared to the Linux version ] when more memory was used.

However, with a new computer, I tried cygwin b20.1 and it works very well.
The downside is that it is a bit of a pain to install. You 
-- need to install cygwin b20.1 (and better take the version with compiler)
-- should install egcs 1.2 from Mumit Khan's site which can be installed 
   over cygwin b20.1 (Mumit is core contributor to egcs)

These two give you a "core Unix under Windows". Now you can compile.

For Octave to work well, you need to install 
-- a less binary (I believe there is one on Octave's site)
-- a gnuplot binary and a fixed pipe-gnuplot (see the Octave site)

  John> and is there a later version of Octave (2.0 series) available for
  John> Win95?

I don't think someone has contributed a binary package.  I recompiled Octave
2.0.14 (worked without a glitch), and run it daily at work.  

Hope this helps, Dirk

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