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Re: Why does octave keep opening in the terminal?

From: Mike Miller
Subject: Re: Why does octave keep opening in the terminal?
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2020 10:11:17 -0800

On Tue, Mar 03, 2020 at 11:01:18 -0600, samantp wrote:
> I feel a little silly asking this but I'm new to Octave. I'm running it on
> linux and it seems to have installed just fine, but when I enter 'octave'
> into the terminal Octave doesn't launch, it just starts running in the
> terminal. How do I get it to open the Gui instea? (I have attached a
> screenshot of my issue). This is a recent issue that only started after i
> ubgraded my ubuntu to 19.10.

If you run 'octave --help', you'll see that the '--gui' option is used
to start the graphical interface.

Refer to the release notes for version 4.4 and you'll see that this
change was announced:

    The octave command no longer starts the GUI by default.  Most users
    starting Octave from a shell were expecting the command line
    interface, and desktop launchers already required the `--force-gui'
    option.  With this change, desktop launchers should be modified to
    use the new option `--gui'.  The previous `--force-gui' option will
    continue to work, and maps to `--gui', but it will be removed in
    Octave 6.




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