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Re: Can't save a plot

From: Jorgen Sandberg
Subject: Re: Can't save a plot
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2012 10:23:10 +0100

Dear Ben Abbott,

Sorry, but it does not work.

I have attached a screen snap and a copy of the octaverc file, where I have added the path information. It seems to me that OCTAVE is still looking for a file named ghostscript.

I would highly appreciate that you integrate ghostscript in the installation package for Windows 7, 64 bit. In that way it would work.


Jorgen Sandberg

-----Original Message----- From: Ben Abbott
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2012 9:35 PM
To: Jorgen Sandberg
Cc: address@hidden
Subject: Re: Can't save a plot

On Nov 9, 2012, at 3:01 PM, Jorgen Sandberg wrote:

-----Original Message----- From: Ben Abbott
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2012 11:37 PM
To: Jorgen Sandberg
Cc: address@hidden
Subject: Re: Can't save a plot

On Nov 8, 2012, at 1:43 PM, Jorgen Sandberg wrote:

Dear Sirs,

I have installed OCTAVE 3.6.2 VS2010 on a Windows 7 machine. When i will save a plot using the print or saveas command, I get an error message saying that ghostscript is missing.

Instructions for installing ghostscript at on the wiki at the link below.

In addition the package symbolic does not install.

How did you try to install the symbolic package?

Have you looked at using maxima for symbolic calculations?


Dear Ben Abbott,

Thanks a lot for your help. Unfortunately, I still have the problem.

I have downloaded Ghostscript 9.05 and installed it. I have added the path in the /.octaverc file as per the instruction for Octave with Visual studio, but OCTAVE still can't find ghostscript. I have looked into the ghostscript installation and in the bin file is gswin32.exe. Thus I guess Octave should be looking for gswin32.exe. Is that so?

I have Ghostscript 8.15 installed. Its binary is gswin32c.exe.

Assuming you have the gs_path environment variable set and have set the path in the Control Panel, you can tell the print command use use gswin32.exe instead by ...

print -dpdf test.pdf -Ggswin32.exe

If that fixes the problem for you, I can patch the sources to include "gswin32.exe" when Octave searches for Ghostscript.

I have also found a Ghostscript version 9.02 that is a tar.gz file like the other packages for Octave on Sourceforge. Should I download this and install it as a package in OCTAVE? Will that do the trick?

I am sorry to pass you these stupid problems. I am aware that OCTAVE is free so I should not complain. However, please understand that I want to spend my effort on using it in place of struggling with the installation. My wish is that you prepare a complete installation package for stupid users as I such that there is no need to install any other packages. Please....

On the symbolic package. I downloaded the package from the site for windows. The name of the package is octave-3.6.2-symbolic-1.1.0-vs2010-setup.exe. After having installed OCTAVE 3.6.2 I clicked on the package to activate its installation like I had done it for the other packages available on the same site. But the symbolic package came with the error message, while all the other packages installed without any error message.

I can't help with this. Hopefully someone familiar with the symbolic package on windows with help.


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