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Re: symbolic toolbox

From: Paul Kienzle
Subject: Re: symbolic toolbox
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 22:24:21 -0500

On Feb 18, 2004, at 9:58 PM, Henri Mollet wrote:

I would love to have a symbolic toolbox. I looked at
the files and they are mostly .cc source files and
need to be compiled to produce .oct files that can be
used at octave prompt (I hope I got this correct by
now). Please tell me, if I had octave-forge installed,
would I still have to compile each .cc file?

If you have all parts of octave-forge installed, then you
would have the symbolic toolbox.

However, the configure operation in octave-forge
checks for necessary libraries and doesn't bother
compiling those parts for which it does not have
libraries.  Given that I don't see GiNaC on fink or
darwinports, I suspect the octave-forge packages
won't have symbolic capabilities.  I don't see the
CLN package either, but at least gmp is there.

I would love to be able to say that this is just a matter
of recompiling the cln and ginac packages for OS X,
but in practice ports to OS X needs a lot of coddling.
Perhaps we will be lucky and can build static libraries
for cln and ginac, which hopefully will shield us from
the worst of dylib madness.

Paul Kienzle

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