[http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/doc/interpreter/Installation.html#Installation More detailed instructions]
for building from source are included in the Octave manual.
After running configure simply run
Note that the compilation of Octave can take some time.
Another possible error occurs at the 'make' stage:
/usr/include/c++/3.3.1/bits/basic_string.h:228: undefined reference to
`std::basic_string<char, std::char_traits<char>, std::allocator<char> >::_S_empty_rep_storage'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make: *** [octave] Error 1
This has something to do with the gcc configuration. Try compiling the following program using g++:
using namespace std;
int main (void)
basic_string <char>a = "thing one";
string b = "thing two";
cout << a.c_str() << endl;
return (a == b);
If it fails, then your compiler needs to be set-up differently (how?). On my machine I can compile that test program but still get the error making Octave -- how do we solve this? It has something to do with the shared C++ library versions, check for /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6 and make sure the right version of that library is being used by gcc -- especially if you had to reinstall gcc to build the fortran support. If it still doesn't work, consider installing from the RPMs instead of compiling from source.