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Re: gcc | Octave 2.1.4x | saga continues

From: A S Hodel
Subject: Re: gcc | Octave 2.1.4x | saga continues
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 12:05:35 -0600

I've not followed much of this sequence since beyond the last two notes to the mailing list; it's probably not appropriate to continue the conversation in this list beyond "here's my symptoms - what can I do to fix this?"

FWIW, I've compiled octave over the past 10 yrs under on various systems including Mac OS 8-9 (using Tenon's MachTen Unix), Mac OS X (using Fink), Yellow Dog Linux, Compaq Alpha, and Solaris. Each of these systems tends to have it's own glitches and gotchas that require a bit of attention. Unfortunately for new users (and new upgrades), those of us* who maintain Octave can only speak of the machines we use, so Mr. Eddelbuettel may only be able to say "Works fine under Debian," just like I can only say "2.1.40 works
find under gcc 3.1 using the fink installation."

Mr. Eddelbuettel has been working with Octave for a very long time - maybe even longer than me (I started w/ my grad students on it around '92-93-ish), and has made many contributions. If you're running a Linux system, his advice of "try to install from source" is probably your best bet. It will take a few hours, but you'll have a much better ability to precisely state your problems and, with any luck, obtain
solutions from the octave-help list.

* "Us" is probably incorrect, since I haven't made any active contributions to Octave for quite some time now.

On Friday, February 14, 2003, at 11:36 AM, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:

Sigh - another 'my distro is better than your distro' tangent. Who cares -

Nonsense. You started it, continued to cite specific shortcomings of RH, also bashed SuSE and then threw Debian into the same boat. Which is wrong,
especially in light of the context you provided.

But, what you do point out is that Octave 'prefers' Debian. Fair enough -


Octave has a successful ten-year history of compiling and building on virtually every system remotely resembling a POSIX-like system, including newer versions of Windows. That includes an awe-inspiring number of workarounds due to various
levels of brokenness on some of those systems.

At any rate, the point of this all is to figure out how to get 2.1.4x
running on a RH system (which does constitute a fair proportion of the

Download a working copy of gcc  _from source_, build, install. Build
Octave with that. Enjoy.

distro market share). Pointing out that it 'works fine under Debian' is not particularly helpful. Sounds vaguely like Micro$0ft techs telling me that
'upgrading to XP is the solution to everything'. :-)

You're quite the troll.


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