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2.0.13 binary distribution for Linux

From: viveks-octave
Subject: 2.0.13 binary distribution for Linux
Date: 17 May 1999 18:31:26 -0000

Hello Everybody,

I upgraded my linux from RedHat 5.2 a few days ago. I was earlier
using octave version 2.0.9 with RedHat 5.0 perfectly well.

Presently, I have downloaded the following distributions:

octave-2.0.11-i386-next-nextstep3.tar.gz (binary)
octave-2.0.13-i586-pc-linux-gnulibc1.tar.gz (binary)
octave-2.0.14-i586-pc-linux-gnulibc1.tar.gz (source)

I have a file, octave-1.1.1.bin.tar.gz, too, which is the binary distribution
of octave version 2.0.9. (don't know why the file is named '1.1.1'!)

Now, I have the following problems:

1. I won't be able to compile 2.0.14 source distribution for want of disk
space. (Anyway, I will be happy if earlier versions will do.)

2. I don't know whether 'octave-2.0.11-i386-next-nextstep3.tar.gz' suits for my
system (RedHat Linux 5.2). What is meant by next step in the file name

I installed this distribution (and also octave-2.0.9), however, octave does not
start up at all. In both cases, the error given is 

        'Cannot run binary file ./octave'.
However, the executable file octave-bug seems to run.

3. I have heard of an X window manager by name 'NextStep'. Can this binary
distribution used in RHL 5.2?

4. I installed Octave 2.0.13 from the binary distribution. But, when I give the
command 'octave', it quits after "Segmentation fault (core dumped)".

The following is taken from the file README.Linux:

        ... it crashes with a segmentation fault
        right away, you probably have incompatible versions of
        libc and libg++ installed, or you have a version of the
        dynamic loader,, that is incompatible with your
        versions of the libraries, or both.

I have checked the README.*, INSTALL.*
files available with the distribution and found that RHL 5.2 contains the
required versions of the supporting packages above.
Assuming that I am content without dynamic loader, are, libc, libg++, libstdc++, gcc/ecgs, etc. required at all?
If yes, which versions of these packages are to be installed?

While all these packages are essential for compiling from source, do we need
to have all of them to just install octave from a binary distribution?

I am sorry for a long and probably ambiguous mail after three days of fight
and frustration due to unsuccessful installation. Even octave 2.0.9 which used
to run earlier on RHL 5.0 does not run now on 5.2! :-)))

Please help.

Thanks in advance.

PS: I found a mail related to 'Seg fault with 2.0.13' in the mail archive.
But, could not get much information. I tried in vain to get the rpm for 2.0.13
as I could not connect to as mentioned in the particular

Also, the net is too slow for online reading of the archive during the past
few days of my attempt. 

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