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Re: problems installing optim on OSX 10.9 using MacPorts

From: Steven Dorsher
Subject: Re: problems installing optim on OSX 10.9 using MacPorts
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:27:14 -0500

I have Octave 3.8.1. Thanks for letting me know it's asking me to report a bug. I thought it was asking me to figure out whether or not I thought it was a bug and decide whether or not to report it. Like I know. 


On Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM, Alexander Hansen <address@hidden> wrote:
On 7/18/14, 11:07 AM, Ben Abbott wrote:

On Jul 18, 2014, at 1:25 PM, Steven Dorsher <address@hidden> wrote:

Hello again,

In the last week since I asked my basic question about how to install optim on a Mac using MacPorts (sudo port install octave-optim), I had to reinstall my operating system. This broke MacPorts, so I had to uninstall MacPorts and reinstall it. Now I am trying to reinstall octave, including the optim package. However, it seems to be choking on installation of the general package. Here's the error message I'm getting:

bash-3.2$ sudo port install octave-optim
--->  Computing dependencies for octave-optim
--->  Dependencies to be installed: octave-miscellaneous octave-general octave-struct
--->  Configuring octave-general
Error: org.macports.configure for port octave-general returned: configure failure: command execution failed
Error: Failed to install octave-general
Please see the log file for port octave-general for details:

Error: The following dependencies were not installed: octave-miscellaneous octave-general octave-struct
To report a bug, follow the instructions in the guide:
Error: Processing of port octave-optim failed

Please do as the error asks and report this to Fink.  If you don't want to file a bug report, then use their maillist

The alternative suggested,

Umm...that's Macports, not Fink.  Don't even THINK of reporting a Macports problem to Fink. :-)

pkg install optim-1.3.1.tar.gz
isn't working, possibly because I only get a tar file from hg, not a tar.gz file. It produces what looks like a mess of binary output in octave.

The file optim-1.3.1.tar.gz downloads loads on my mac.  Perhaps your's is unzipping it. Did you try ...

        pkg install optim-1.3.1.tar

I didn't quite follow the part about how to set $GCC and $LDFLAGS or how or why to install an older version of octave. I'm pretty sure I've installed the newest version since I just installed it. Would someone be willing to elaborate?

Some of the OctaveForge packages require a specific versions of Octave.

Before concluding you have the most recent version of Octave, please take the time to tell us what version you have installed.


Alexander Hansen, Ph.D.
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