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  1. #1
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    Sep 2012

    Octave latest version

    I hope this is the right place to ask this.
    I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS for the past week or so.
    I installed Octave using
    sudo apt-get install octave
    and it seems fine. It's version 3.2.4
    I also installed the GUI QtOctave, using the
    software GUI at the top left, and it works, too,
    (although I just saw a post on another board that
    says its developer has dropped it and it's dead).

    The problem is that I want to use a package of functions
    from Octave-Forge, called Statistics. When I
    download this, and try to install it by running Octave
    and giving the command line
    pkg install statistics-1.1.3.tar.gz
    it complains that I haven't installed io
    When I download io from Octave-Forge and try
    to install it the same way, it complains that I need
    a more recent version of Octave, at least 3.4.

    This brings us to the nub. I seem to need either
    1) a (simple, safe) way to install Octave 3.4.1 or better
    (current version seems to be around 3.6.x)
    2) a version of the statistics package (or maybe even the io
    package) that will
    work with Octave 3.2.4

    Any suggestions would be most appreciated.

    The following looks like a solution:
    But can I trust this PPA thing?
    (Obviously, I'm grateful to any person who does this kind of work,
    and I'm not imputing anything to embeddedprogrammer,
    but I don't want my box to become a host for various horrors, so some
    reassurance from the community would be nice.)
    Last edited by OldNovice; September 20th, 2012 at 03:14 PM. Reason: I noticed a possible solution.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2012

    Re: Octave latest version

    I posted the question elsewhere on the Forum and got an answer, so I'm marking it solved.
    I installed the PPA and it seems fine.

  3. #3
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    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: Octave latest version

    You're referring to this thread.

    You framed the question differently in the other thread, but it was still the same issue, so you should have kept the posts in one thread.
    Jane, stop this crazy thing!

  4. #4
    monkeybrain2012 is offline Grande Half-n-Half Cinnamon Ubuntu
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    Oct 2012

    Re: Octave latest version

    The octave package in the repository is hopelessly outdated. The current version is 3.6.X and we are still getting 3.2.X in the repo (and it will be that for the next 5 years if you use LTS) this is simply ridiculous if you are an octave user. Fortunately it is very easy to compile from source (see the octave site's instruction) qtoctave is dead and it won't work with later versions of octave. If you want a gui you can compile octave 3.7 from git, there is a gui coming with it, see attached screenshot (and the octave forge statistics package installs just fine)
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    Last edited by monkeybrain2012; October 27th, 2012 at 05:14 PM.

  5. #5
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    Sep 2012

    Re: Octave latest version

    Thanks for giving the link. I thought there would be some other way to cross-reference,
    but this is the obvious way.
    I apologise for splitting the topic across several threads. I did it because there had been
    no reponse for four weeks to my original query, and I supposed that I'd put it in the wrong

  6. #6
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    Sep 2012

    Re: Octave latest version

    Very good. Many thanks for this, mpnkeybrain.

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