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Mac OSX user problem; where should my octaverc be?

From: Harbinson, Jeremy
Subject: Mac OSX user problem; where should my octaverc be?
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 11:04:43 +0100

This is one of those problems that is the fault of the user rather than the software. For a while now I have been manually updating an .octaverc file located in my home directory (ie Users/jeremyharbinson) to reflect changes in as octave evolved. Recently the path structure of octave has changed so that some of the paths in my .octaverc file (which originated in Octave 2 point something) no longer exist and I get lots of 'paths not found messages' when I start Octave. Given the maturity of Octave I suppose the procedure I am using is unneccesary, so my question is which octaverc is automatically modified when I update Octave (then I can just work with this to include my own octave script directories), or where, ideally, should my octaverc be and what should be in it given the recent changes in Octave.

A last question, which may have a bearing on the above; when I start Octave by typing 'Octave' in terminal (rather than clicking on an older version of Octave (2.9.9) starts ( is 3.2.2), which I guess means that some of the path information in my system is outdated. Is this parallel installation undesirable?

all the best,
Jeremy Harbinson

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