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Re: additional packages

From: Ben Abbott
Subject: Re: additional packages
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 14:14:27 -0800

On Thursday, February 28, 2008, at 04:28PM, "Henry F. Mollet" <address@hidden> 

>on 2/28/08 12:40 PM, Ben Abbott at address@hidden wrote:
>> On Thursday, February 28, 2008, at 03:15PM, "jennifer jentzsch"
>> <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> a few days ago i just started using octave in addition to gnuplot in
>>> order to solve some integrals to calculate a shielding for a new
>>> physical experiment at our chair. i am working on an ibook g4 with
>>> Mac Os 10.4. Via fink i installed octave 2.1.71, the only available
>>> version. after many hours of trying to adjust the errors:
>>> error: 'print' undefined
>>> error: 'quadl' undefined
>>> i found out that these functions are not part of octave-2.1.71. Can i
>>> install some additional packages subsequently? i know that there is
>>> also a version 3.0.0 but this one is not available via fink and i do
>>> not want to download the binary via sourceforge....
>>> i hope you can help me!
>>> greetings
>>> jennifer jentzsch
>>> experimental physics 4
>>> universtity of technology dortmund
>> Hi Jennifer,
>> Regarding Fink, if you add the unstable branch you'll have access to version
>> Octave 3.0.0.
>> If you run "fink configure" you'll be able to turn the unstable branch on (I
>> recommend you do this since nearly everything I find useful is there, and I
>> don't find any of it particularly "unstable").
>> Once you've enabled the unstable branch, do a "fink selfupdate; fink index;
>> fink scanpackages"
>> Then you can run "fink install octave" and in an hour or so you'll have 
>> Octave
>> 3.0.0 running.
>> Ben
>It might be a lot easier to install compressed disc images *.dmg for Mac.
>Both ppc and intel versions are available
> .
>And then .

I agree, if Octave is all that is needed, it would be easier to use one of the 
compressed disc images.

However, if other Fink packages are also needed, then messy conflict can arise 

For that reason I use Fink (it also helps me with my local builds since it 
handles all the dependencies).


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