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Re: Octave 2.9.9 + Octave-Forge 2006.07.09 on x86 MAC OS X 10.4.8 Tiger

From: Joe Koski
Subject: Re: Octave 2.9.9 + Octave-Forge 2006.07.09 on x86 MAC OS X 10.4.8 Tiger
Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2006 10:41:24 -0700
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on 12/26/06 4:01 AM, Paul Koufalas at address@hidden wrote:

G'day all,

Taking Marius' and Joe's advice into account, I decided to keep things simple and use "Fink" to install Octave and Octave Forge on my new Intel Mac, accepting the earlier 2.1.73 and 2006-03-17 versions resp. rather than the latest versions.   

It's the first time I've used Fink and Fink Commander, but I was familiar with dpkg, apt-get and synaptic on my old debian/ubuntu system.  Fink took hours to complete the installations, and downloaded not only binaries but also source code (and compiled it) for dozens of dependencies (including a 145MB binary for tetex-somethingorother?!).  When Fink had finished installing I now get the following when running Octave (+ Forge)

paul-koufalas-computer:~ pkoufalas$ octave
GNU Octave, version 2.1.73 (i386-apple-darwin).
Copyright (C) 2006 John W. Eaton.
This is free software; see the source code for copying conditions.
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  For details, type `warranty'.

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error: `dispatch' undefined near line 2 column 1
error: near line 2 of file `/sw/share/octave/2.1.73/site/m/octave-forge/comm//PKG_ADD'
error: source: error sourcing file `/sw/share/octave/2.1.73/site/m/octave-forge/comm//PKG_ADD'


I too have seen the dispatch problem, but it was so long ago, that I forget the cause. It might be indicating a missing path to /sw. There is a script that you run when you install Fink to append /sw to your UNIX shell (bash) path. Could you have missed that part of the installation? Otherwise, unfortunately, it sounds like a question for the Fink list to me.


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