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RE: More on Octave 2.1.36 for Windows

From: Julian DeMarchi
Subject: RE: More on Octave 2.1.36 for Windows
Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 19:42:09 -0400

Just to make it public, I'm 95% through and in the testing stage with a new 
Windows installation based on Inno Setup.  I would not be surprised if any of 
you out there thought however that Matlinks support for Windows-based Octave 
was dead, since this is long overdue.  

It's quite serendipitous that Agustin released his own new-and-much-improved 
version based on the NSIS setup compiler.  This should see you through the 
interim and perhaps beyond.  I'm actually hoping that this is the case, because 
with a stopgap in place there may be more time to add some of the features I'm 
still coming up with, including the ability to select installation components 
(to reduce download & install time) and alternatives (exempli gratia, different 

But considering circumstances I may go ahead with short-term release of a beta 
with the basics.  This includes selection of the installation directory, and 
only optionally installs CygWin if you don't already have it on your system.

Keep the suggestions coming.  And thanks for the bootstrap Agustin.

Julian DeMarchi

-----Original Message-----
From: Agustin Barto [mailto:address@hidden
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2002 6:01 PM
To: address@hidden
Subject: More on Octave 2.1.36 for Windows

I've been collecting the your responses to my "cry for help". The most common 
requests were:

1) To be able to choose the installation directory.
2) To change the icon.
3) Keep an eye con some problems with gnuplot for win32.

This is what I am right now:

1) Nsis can handle the selection of the directory and the modiciation of the 
registry according to the user request. Cygwin has no problem with spaces on 
the directory's name (in my case: "C:\Program Files\GNU Octave 2.1.36\" and 
"C:\Archivos de Programa\GNU Octave 2.1.36"). The problem is that Octave 
thinks that there are escape characters on that string so I can't use nsis to 
generate the correct octaverc. My options are
* Make a program to translate the paths and generate all the directory 
dependant files. (Peace of cake. I can do this in a couple of minutes and 
call it from within the nsis installer).
* To use another installer generator. It'll have to be able to translate the 
\s to /s.

2) I did a couple of prototypes with the Gimp last night. I still have to 
scale them and reduce the palette. Any contributions on this matter 
are welcome.

3) Some people told me that they had problems with the win32 version of 
gnuplot. I tried to recreate the situations and the problems didn't appear. 
Just in case I'll try to recompile gnuplot (the cygwin and the win32 

Thanks for the feedback. I'll send a new message as soon as I have this lil 
problems solved.

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