Just a few comments on the instructions on how to build and install
- I had a hard time finding gfortran on the macresearch.org site. In
fact, I can't find it again right now. A better description on where
to find it would help a lot!
- The urls to the gnu software don't work. Are they valid? I just
connected to ftp.gnu.org and went on from there.
- gnuplot 4.2: to support X11 (which I prefer to aquaterm), the
developer SDK for X11 from XCode needs to be installed before
building gnuplot. For output to PDF files, I installed PDFLib-lite
before building gnuplot. (thanks to Marius Schamschula for helping me
- the 'Extensions': is it possible to install these after installing
octave? Or is it necessary to re-install octave to make use of the
In general: I think the number of Mac users would explode if Octave
was available as a package that would be installed using the normal
Mac Installer. This IS possible! I once downloaded the binary (Octave
2.9.9) from the HPC site, put that into a Mac package using Apples
PackageMaker program (that was a quick and dirty hack, though,
PackageMaker_Howto.html ). Then I successfully installed this package
via the Mac Installer program -- no shell hacking! just one or two
mouse clicks, et voila!! However, I don't know how to make a binary
archive like the one on the HPC site that already knows where to
install the files. I also don't know what (if) Mac specific
information should be added to the Mac package, and how/where to
include the license stuff.