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Octave is enormous

From: Otto Maddox
Subject: Octave is enormous
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 16:53:26 +0000

I have mostly managed to get octave-2.1.72 compiled and installed as
per my description in

(Thankfully the Octave mailing lists are regenerated so frequently
that I can refer to it so quickly. :-)

The executable octave-2.1.72 is 222952484 bytes.  That's over 220 MB.
The whole installation is over 440 MB.  The FAQ says it should be
around 65 MB.

Is this normal?  How do I configure and rebuild octave to make it

I read about the --enable-shared, --enable-dl and --enable-lite-kernel
configure options, but I don't really understand what they do or
whether they are suitable for this purpose.

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