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'''Introduction to the Bundle'''
 
'''Introduction to the Bundle'''
 
Installing Octave on a mac should be a breeze since is there a nice bundle that's easily downloaded and contains everything that you will need .  But there's a lot of new users that run into problems, and for good reason. If you are a mac user and are suddenly faced with installing stuff that requires you to delve into the bowels of your computer for the first time (or even the second or third) - it can be mighty intimidating and success can be illusive.  This writer knows first hand.  So this is largely for those at the low end of the experience spectrum, although there may be some tips that help the power user community if they have need to make Octave work in the mac world.  I hope so, because the things they contribute certainly help me out a lot.
 
Installing Octave on a mac should be a breeze since is there a nice bundle that's easily downloaded and contains everything that you will need .  But there's a lot of new users that run into problems, and for good reason. If you are a mac user and are suddenly faced with installing stuff that requires you to delve into the bowels of your computer for the first time (or even the second or third) - it can be mighty intimidating and success can be illusive.  This writer knows first hand.  So this is largely for those at the low end of the experience spectrum, although there may be some tips that help the power user community if they have need to make Octave work in the mac world.  I hope so, because the things they contribute certainly help me out a lot.
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> ln -s /Applications/Octave.app/Contents/Resources/octave  /usr/bin/octave    # this is a good way of inserting octave in your PATH so it can be started from the command line
 
> ln -s /Applications/Octave.app/Contents/Resources/octave  /usr/bin/octave    # this is a good way of inserting octave in your PATH so it can be started from the command line
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  #  Now to make sure that /usr/bin is in your path do:
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  ... #  Now to make sure that /usr/bin is in your path do:
    
env
 
env
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open .bashrc                  # opens it in your editor (probably Textedit)
 
open .bashrc                  # opens it in your editor (probably Textedit)
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#  type this in the editor:
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... #  type this in the editor:
    
PATH=$PATH:/usr/bin
 
PATH=$PATH:/usr/bin
 
Export PATH
 
Export PATH
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# save and close
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... # save and close
    
Things should work now ....... Open a new terminal window and type 'octave'  then 'sombrero(24)' at the prompt.
 
Things should work now ....... Open a new terminal window and type 'octave'  then 'sombrero(24)' at the prompt.
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