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Installing Octave 2.9.9 on a Mac

From: Matthias Brennwald
Subject: Installing Octave 2.9.9 on a Mac
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 14:03:14 +0100

Dear all,

after the recent talk on the Octave help list about installing 2.9.9 on Macs I thought I'd give it a try, too. Since it seems a less-than- optimal idea to combine the HPC binary with the HMUG version of Octave forge I tried the following:

1. Install the HMUG version of Octave 2.9.9.
I downloaded the archive from Applications/Math/octave/octave-2.9.9-2-osx4-ppc.tar.gz and tried to install it according to the instructions at MacOS_X/BSD/Applications/Math/octave/README.octave-2.9.9-2.osx4- ppc.html . That failed miserably:

Pizza:~/Desktop mbrennwa$ mv octave-2.9.9 /tmp
Pizza:~/Desktop mbrennwa$ sudo make install
Sorry, try again.
make: *** No rule to make target `install'.  Stop.

2. Compiling from sources.
I downloaded the sources from bleeding-edge/octave-2.9.9.tar.gz and tried to install it according to the instructions in INSTALL:

Pizza:~/Desktop/octave-2.9.9 mbrennwa$ ./configure
....lots of stuff here....
checking for rl_set_keyboard_input_timeout in -lreadline... no
configure: WARNING: I need GNU Readline 4.2 or later
configure: error: this is fatal unless you specify --disable-readline

I have readline installed from Fink.

Can someone help me sort this out?

Also, what needs to happen to make Octave 2.9 appear on Fink? Fink is just way more convenient than the above...


Matthias Brennwald
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