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compiling octave-2-1.44/documentation

From: avraham . rosenberg
Subject: compiling octave-2-1.44/documentation
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2003 09:23:50 +0200 (IST)

Upon trying to compile it from the tarball, I received. at the end of
configure a message in clear English pointing to the inadequacy of my
readline library, and, at the start of make, a message listing the tools
(compiler, flex etc)versions required to build the package.
I think that this is a very good idea. Trouble is that, during make, the
messages fly by so fast that I noticed it only at the second attempt,and
was able to read it at the third attempt, when I redirected the output to
a file.
I am using a 600 MHz Celeron, which is pretty slow, by today's standards.
It is likely that younger eyes would have spotted the message immediately.
On the other hand, as the current generation of computers work at 2400 MHz
and that is likely to get even higher in the future, I think it might be
useful if this second message would be printed again at the end of make
(or even better, at the end of configure).
For the sake of those who download these large files through a slow modem,
it would be best if this information would appear in a small text file
accompanying the tar ball. But I am affraid that it would require a major
additional effort from the overstrained developers.
Please ignore this message if my suggestion as is requires too much extra
work. We are in a great debt of gratitude to the developers for this fine
program, as it is.
Cheers, Avraham

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