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Re: [gNewSense-users] how to install octave?

From: Gaspar Núñez
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] how to install octave?
Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2009 12:35:06 -0600

thank you
ther are many things that i don't know
and it does not look so easy to make such instalation
wouldn't it be easier if the package were updated
so that one could install it with the add packages or synaptic?

i would appreciate one of those many guides out there

thanks again



On Sat, Nov 7, 2009 at 3:19 AM, Tor at Shared Genius <address@hidden> wrote:
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Gaspar Núñez wrote:
> hi
> i installed octave using the synaptic
> but it installs version 3.0.0,
> i went to the octave page and the actual version is 3.2.3
> then i downloaded octave-3.2.3.tar.gz
> but the GDebi package installer does not recognize it
What you downloaded is the source tarball, not a compiled binary.  GDebi
can only recognize and install binaries compiled specifically for the
Debian APT package manager (if the name isn't grossly misleading).

The basic steps for installation are as follows:

1.  Unpack the tarball and change to that directory

2.  ./configure  # from terminal, of course

3.  make

4.  make install  # may require root privileges, depending on where you
install it

*However*, usually you will get a failure at ./configure, because you
need the -dev packages for many common utilities you have installed, but
which you have not needed to compile against before.  Usually if the
package is named foo, the package you need in order to compile something
which requires foo will be called foo-dev.  Look in the readme for
details on what is required.  Octave, being an important GNU project
(IIRC), may have a very detailed list of required packages, and you may
also get a very complete and polite list of required packages from
configure if you are missing something when you run it.

Try running a search on installing from source if you are still stuck.
There are many guides out there, which are probably better written than
you will get here.


> how can i install packages in this kind of files?
> thankyou
>  --
> Gaspar
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