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Re: Installation of Octave on Windows

From: Robert A. Macy
Subject: Re: Installation of Octave on Windows
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 01:19:07 -0800

It is my understanding that making such a binary is not a
trivial act. 

I have not yet upgraded beyond 2.1.50a because, it is my
understanding that as octave upgraded and improved the
relationship with gnuplot changed.  I rely on gnuplot's
plotting functions very heavily and changes there would
possibly require too much effort for me to fix, or adjust
to.  There is always the possibility that I may not get
back to what I now have. I haven't figured out yet whether
the changes in order to upgrade are trivial.  Thus, I
haven't upgraded yet.

Octave is a tool for my work and it took a lot of time to
discover all the quirks and "work arounds" of what I now
have, so unless upgrading is as smooth as the 2.1.50a
binary, I can't really afford to interrupt my work for the
sake of having the most "up to date" tool, just because
it's the most up to date tool.  There has to be real value
added for me to want to abandon what is working so well.  I
do know that octave now has multiple indexed arrays, which
could prove very useful.  But quite frankly, I haven't
mastered the two index form yet.  Still have too many

Years ago a version of Matlab was given to me, I installed
the resource hog and floundered around, off and on over a
period of a year, finally giving up and removing it from
the system.  The whole package complete with manuals sits
in archives now.  Then along came octave and 2.1.50a and
wow!  For some unknown reason it was more intuitive than
Matlab was, although it's supposed to be extremely "like"
Matlab.  Perhaps, Matlab's GUI was too "easy" and I was
used to command line work, don't know.  But now that I have
everything working smoothly, I just can't justify

And finally, I run octave on Windows 98SE and that god
awful Windows XP.  I really appreciate the way 2.1.50a is
simple, easy to install, remove, reinstall.  It doesn't
take a lot of resources and doesn't insinuate itself
throughout my OS.  Octave is just there, and works.  

So the thought of upgrading by installing this, and that,
and upon reading all the messages going back and forth
between the truly competent experts in this group about
problems they have installing scares me from venturing into
such an unknown [for me] area.  

But soon as our firm migrates to Linux based, and
everything changes anyway, I'll probably go for the updated

Did you find a copy of the 2.1.50a version?

           - Robert -

On Thu, 26 Jan 2006 02:17:31 +0100
 Marek Malý <address@hidden> wrote:
> Dear Robert,
> thank you very much for exact and prompt information. I
> really don't uderstand
> why is not current version of this installation package
> available on and everybody who
> want to install Octave on Windows system must install
> it as a part of cygwin package or compile it from
> sources.
> Even so, could you send me "octave-2.1.50a-inst.exe" as
> an email attachment
> or send me a link where is this file available.
> If you are going to send me it in email, please make zip
> archive of this
> file, because otherwise it would be considered as a virus
> file.
>     Best regards
>          Marek
> On Wed, 25 Jan 2006 15:56:42 -0800, Robert A. Macy
> <address@hidden> wrote:
> > The *exact* name is
> >   octave-2.1.50a-inst.exe
> > around 7.6MB
> >
> > I use it on both the Win98 and the WinXP system with
> very
> > few problems, even though it is waaaay out of date.
> >
> >               - Robert -
> >
> > On Wed, 25 Jan 2006 21:07:43 +0100
> >  Marek Malý <address@hidden> wrote:
> >> Hallo,
> >>
> >> does anybody know if an Octave installation package
> for
> >> Windows is available.
> >>
> >> I mean, some directory with necessary files (like
> >> cygwin1.dll, wgnuplot.exe ...)
> >> and ofcourse some install.exe or setup.exe file.
> >>
> >> It is about year and half ago when one student told me
> >> about Gnu Octave and he brought me such windows
> >> installation package which was dirrectory with some
> >> files(probably some necessary cygwin dll's,
> >> gnuplot and octave files) and file setup.exe or
> >> install.exe ofcourse and so I installed Octave very
> >> quickly and easy on my computer. Directory "GNU Octave
> >> 2.1.50"(size 20MB , 40MB on disk) was created in my
> >> "Program Files" directory after installation. Octave
> Icon
> >> was created on my desktop.
> >> Unfortunately I probably deleted that installation
> >> package and now I would
> >> like to install it on some other computers but I
> can't.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> I know that Windows Octave current version
> installation
> >> package is part of cygwin package
> >> so it is possible to install Octave simultaneously
> with
> >> installation of Cygwin. I know that
> >> next possibility how make Win - Octave binaries is
> >> compilation of Octave sources with help of
> >> cygwin. I only don't know if is somewhere available
> >> separate Octave installation package for Windows
> >> (current or older version) for easy and fast
> installation
> >> of Octave on Windows system. If somebody
> >> know about somethink what I'am looking for, I would be
> >> glad if he send me an information.
> >>
> >>     Thank's a lot
> >>
> >>               Marek Maly
> >>

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