|Subject:||Re: Getting started with Octave in MS Windows|
|Date:||Sat, 10 Feb 2007 11:01:30 -0500|
Thanks for the fast help.
I had already discovered "C:\Program Files\GNU Octave
2.1.73\usr\share\octave\site\m\startup\octaverc" (from the manual) and added
"startup" to it, which runs ~\octave_files\startup.m. I did not know that
adding an octaverc in ~\octave_files
would override the site octaverc. For now, I can't see any preference
between these two approaches.
I am sticking with ~\octave_files as the working directory until I have had
some experience with this - just in case there are any problems. Have you
encountered any - apart from having to addpath of course?
Interesting about cygwin. I would prefer not to put myself into an alien
environment too - but I don't know what I am missing by not using it.
Perhaps John Eaton can put me right on this.
I had discovered that I can ^C but not ^V within Octave. Its probably not
necessary to paste though if you do all development within a script as you
can paste into the editor instead.
Sorry about edit_history. That's a red herring. I now realise that its
much easier to not use this but to use a script editor instead. I
discovered the ScITE editor when using edit_history and then discovered that
it could be launched directly from "C:\Program Files\GNU Octave
2.1.73\wscite\SciTE.exe". This opened up the possibility to keep my editor
open alongside running Octave and to simply save the script (every time I
make changes) and then enter the script name into Octave - a much simpler
way of working I think.
BTW, a big thank you to Robert for recommending ScITE, even though I had
discovered it myself by now. I like his tip on using the ability of command
line to stack multiple commands which can be recalled together.
All in all, this has been a difficult entry for me into Octave. I don't
think the Unix world realise that those from the Windows world need some
hand-holding to get started on this. I have had to do far too much digging
around to work out how to do the basics. If I stick with this, I may write
up my preferred modus-operandi for the benefit of others; or maybe this has
already been done but I haven't found it yet - does anyone know if it has.
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