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

From: Tim Churchfield
Subject: Re: error: glpk: support for GNU Linear Programming Kit was unavailable or disabled when Octave was built
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:55:10 +0200

Dear all,

Sorry for the very slow response. I just wanted to say thanks all for
your help and clarification on the matter!

I spoke with the server admin and he recompiled Octave with support
for the GLPK library. Everything now works as expected.

Thanks again,


On Fri, 9 Aug 2019 at 22:19, Julien Bect <address@hidden> wrote:
> 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.
> Tim,
> 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  The recommended way to do so on outdated Linux systems is with MXE-Octave 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).
> @++
> Julien
> [1]
> [2]
> [3] 
> [4]

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