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Re: info

From: Henry F. Mollet
Subject: Re: info
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 09:15:44 -0700
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on 4/20/04 12:37 AM, giacomo.ulivieri at address@hidden

> 1000 thanks henry.
> i've already download octave. the instruction  for install it
> was not clear for me, i,m not experienced with shell install commands,
> to date i work only with matlab in macos9. you have some advice for me?!
> giacomo

1. You probably need the manual to learn a few basic things about octave
which should include a few basic unix commands. The manual should be part of
the download but you may look for and install a separate "interpreter" with
the files octave_1.html to octave_55.html and a few more to make in
interactive in your web-browser.

2. Open the terminal window on your mac and at the prompt type "octave":
[~] tcsh:11> octave
GNU Octave, version 2.1.46 (powerpc-apple-darwin6.6).
Copyright (C) 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 John W. Eaton.
This is free software; see the source code for copying conditions.
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  For details, type `warranty'.

"octave" is an alias for "octave-2.1.46", the actual application/program
located in /sw/bin after an installation using fink. In your case it will
open the octave version that was installed by fink.

3. You may need an .octaverc file for some things. You have to create it
with a text editor and put in your home directory. Once it has been created
you can look for it by using ls -a (-a for all so you'll see the hidden
files starting with .)
[~] tcsh:12> ls -a
% cut, there are more files in  home directory
% cut, there are more files in  home directory:

[~] tcsh:14> pwd %pwd = present working directory

4. In my case, I need .octaverc for one thing only, i.e. to help find octave
the examples. To see what's in my .octaverc, you'll "cat" it:

[~] tcsh:13> cat .octaverc
%% My octaverc

Good luck, Henry
I would post additional questions to the list and then more experienced
people can step in and correct any errors in my replies. The octave
help-list is very good at helping out newcomers. For this reason, I've added
the octave-list as a cc. Also this will ensure that you'll see the reply,
because my previous reply to you could not be delivered.

> ---------- Original Message -----------
> From: "Henry F. Mollet" <address@hidden>
> To: giacomo <address@hidden>
> Sent: Mon, 19 Apr 2004 15:31:33 -0700
> Subject: Re: info
>> Next step is to download octave.
>> According to, the
>> following versions are available
>> Tree    Stable    Unstable
>> current-10.3:    2.1.53-1    2.1.57-2
>> I'm not sure if Fink or Fink Commander will install the Unstable version
>> without extra steps. There might be instruction at the URL given above.
>> You might also want to download Fink Commander. Fink Commander will then
>> list all the Unix programs available for donwload/installation.
>> You'll select octave from the list of programs and then you use
>> binary/install from the menus. If I remember correctly this will
>> also download gnuplot and aquaterm. Henry
>> on 4/19/04 12:41 AM, giacomo at address@hidden wrote:
>>> hi, i'm giacomo
>>> after installing fink on my macosx (10.3) operative system how can i
>>> run octave?
>>> -------------------------------------------------------------
>>> Octave is freely available under the terms of the GNU GPL.
>>> Octave's home on the web:
>>> How to fund new projects:
>>> Subscription information:
>>> -------------------------------------------------------------
> ------- End of Original Message -------

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