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Re: gcc | Octave 2.1.4x | saga continues

From: Dan Hitt
Subject: Re: gcc | Octave 2.1.4x | saga continues
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 22:49:44 -0500 (EST)

Hi Evan and Ismail,

I have a RH 7.3 system and i had no problems either with compiling
gcc 3.2, or compiling octave 2.1.44 with gcc 3.2 (after compiling
gcc 3.2, of course).  [I did have a problem with 2.1.43, but
fellow octavian David Bateman showed me a method for fixint it.]

I suppose you (Evan) have root access to your RH 7.3 system?  I also
suppose that you have plenty of disk space (which, at $1 or $2 per
G shouldn't be too hard to get).

Then you can make a new user account, say, gcc_acct, solely for the
purpose of building gcc 3.2: you get the sources, log in as gcc_acct,
configure by a command something like [in an empty directory]
../../configure -prefix=/home/gcc_acct/tgt then build with `make
bootstrap', and install with `make install'.

Then you've got your gcc 3.2 and the c++ libraries, you haven't
touched your system, everything is very safe and clean.

Then create another new user account, say oct_acct, solely
for the purpose of building octave.  Do as before, get the
sources, log in as oct_acct, set up the PATH so that
/home/gcc_acct/tgt/bin is right at the front of it,
run, in an empty directory a configure command such as

../../src/octave-2.1.44/configure --prefix=/home/oct_acct/install  --with-g77 
--enable-shared --enable-dl

then make, and make install.  (The g77 is so that you pick up
a fortran compiler which matches your gcc.)

That's what i did, it works on red hat 7.3, and requires no
root access whatsoever except to create the accounts.


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   On Friday 14 February 2003 18:11, Evan Cooch wrote:
   > To re-cap, I've been using 2.1.39 successfully on my RH 7.3 system, which
   > has the 2.9.6 gcc compiler bundled. Several people have told me the this
   > version of gcc is 'buggy' (confirming suspicions I've had). 

   Buggy with some assembly code + STL and more sophisticated C++ features not 
   supported. You may like to see http:///

   > However, starting with Octave 2.1.40, this version of gcc no longer
   > successfully compiles Octave. The solution (as several folks have
   > suggested) is to upgrade to a more recent flavour of gcc. I did so, to
   > 3.2.2. While the Octave make for 2.1.4x seems to get further along than it
   > did with gcc 2.9.6, it still crashes and burns. 


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