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Merge important content from Octave in home directory.
| Provided "as is" -- various authors
== Tweaks ==
Installing in your home directory is a method to install GNU Octave next to your repository installation at the same time. This works with every Linux distribution and is especially for old Ubuntu LTS versions very useful!
One advantage is that you do not clutter your system by running ''sudo make install''.
Another advantage is that you can keep your Octave installation that is provided by your distribution.
=== Create a smart .bashrc entry ===
echo "alias octave38='~/.octave38/bin/octave'" >> ~/.bashrc
. ~/.bashrc # this will update your bashrc without doing logout and login!
If you simply enter ''octave'', you'll start your repository installation provided by your distribution. But when you enter ''octave38'', you'll start your new snappy octave version installed to your home directory.
=== Managing your own program hierarchy (optional) ===
If you intend to compile for yourself a lot of utilities, you may use a specific "usr" hierachy into your own dir (Linux from scratch way). Go back to step 2, and configure octave as:
./configure --prefix=${HOME}/usr
The other steps (make; make install) do not change. In order to use your own hierachy, you should set a few environment variables in your .profile:
# set LD_LIBRARY_PATH if not set
(echo $LD_LIBRARY_PATH | grep -q lib) || export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="/usr/local/lib:$HOME/usr/lib:$HOME/usr/local/lib"
# set PATH so it includes user's private bin if it exists
if [ -d "$HOME/bin" ] ; then
(echo $PATH | grep -q $HOME/usr/bin) || export PATH="$HOME/bin:$HOME/usr/bin:$HOME/usr/local/bin:$PATH"
# set MANPATH so it includes user's private bin if it exists
if [ -d "$HOME/usr/share/man" ] ; then
(echo $MANPATH | grep -q $HOME/usr/share/man) || export MANPATH="$HOME/usr/local/share/man:$HOME/usr/share/man:`manpath -q`"
if [ -d "$HOME/usr/share/info" ]; then
export INFOPATH="$INFOPATH:$HOME/usr/share/info"
if [ -d "$HOME/usr/lib/python" ]; then
(echo $PYTHONPATH | grep -q $HOME/usr/lib/python) || export PYTHONPATH="$HOME/usr/local/lib/python:$HOME/usr/lib/python"
if [ -d "$HOME/usr/lib/pkgconfig" ]; then
(echo $PKG_CONFIG_PATH | grep -q $HOME/usr/lib/pkgconfig) || export PKG_CONFIG_PATH="$HOME/usr/lib/pkgconfig"
This way, most ordinary commands like "man octave", "info octave", or launching octave itself, will first explore your own hierachy.
=== Uninstall ===
==== Method A ====
If you're still have the compiled source folder, just do ''make uninstall'' from it. And don't forget to remove the ''alias octave38'' entry in your ''~/.bashrc''.
==== Method B ====
Just delete (e.g. ''rm -rf ~/.octave38/'') the install folder and remove the ''alias octave38'' entry from your ''~/.bashrc''.
== See also ==
* [ <code>README</code>] and [ <code>/etc/</code>] in the development repository.

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