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Re: error: glpk: support for GNU Linear Programming Kit was unavailable

From: Julien Bect
Subject: Re: error: glpk: support for GNU Linear Programming Kit was unavailable or disabled when Octave was built
Date: Fri, 9 Aug 2019 22:19:21 +0200
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Le 09/08/2019 à 09:38, Tim Churchfield a écrit :
Yes, it usually is.  Do you know which particular OS is used on the cluster ?
The current OS is Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS, Trusty Tahr. There is the option
to run the command: 'do-release-upgrade' to update to 16.04.6 LTS,
Xenial Xerus. As a result of my 'wonderful' experience updating to new
Windows versions on my own personal computer I have been hesitant to
do the same on the cluster.


Trusty Tahr is a pretty old version of Ubuntu [1].  The "official" version of Octave for Trusty Tahr is 3.8.1 (see [2]).

Since you said initially that you are using Octave 4.2.1, this means that someone, most likely your system administrator, must have installed it "manually" (i.e., not from the official package repositories).

The safest and easiest option would be to upgrade to a more recent release of Ubuntu and then to install Octave from the official repositories.  For instance in Ubuntu bionic 18.04LTS you would get Octave 4.2.2 (see [3]).

Only a system administrator can do that, so you will have to ask your favorite sysadmin if this can be done.

If you are stuck with Trusty Tahr, you will need to build Octave from source.  The recommended way to do so on outdated Linux systems is with MXE-Octave [4].  You can do it yourself and install at user level, or ask a sysadmin to do it for you and install at system level (for all users).






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