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Installing in Userland is a methode 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 profitable!
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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''.
 
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.
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Another advantage is that you can keep your Octave installation that is provided by your distribution.
  
 
== 1. Install dependencies ==  
 
== 1. Install dependencies ==  
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   cd octave-3.8.0/
 
   cd octave-3.8.0/
  
or clone current stable branch
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or clone current development branch
  
 
   hg clone http://hg.octave.org/octave/
 
   hg clone http://hg.octave.org/octave/
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== 4. make & make install ==
 
== 4. make & make install ==
  
After you have successful configured octave without errors ''(warnings may be okey)'', you can run ''make''. If you have a dual core cpu, you can run make with two threads like that (increase -j number if you have more cpu cores).
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After you have successful configured octave without errors ''(warnings may be okay)'', you can run ''make''. If you have a dual core CPU, you can run make with two threads like that (increase -j number if you have more CPU cores).
 
  make -j2
 
  make -j2
This may take now ~30-300 Minutes (depends on the speed of your cpu and the size of your RAM) :)  
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This may take now ~30-300 Minutes (depends on the speed of your cpu and the size of your RAM)
  
 
Feel free to run ''make check'' too.
 
Feel free to run ''make check'' too.
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== Uninstall ==
 
== Uninstall ==
  
==== Methode A ====
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==== 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''.
 
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''.
  
==== Methode B ====
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==== Method B ====
  
 
Just delete (e.g. ''rm -rf ~/.octave38/'') the install folder and remove the ''alias octave38'' entry from your ''~/.bashrc''.
 
Just delete (e.g. ''rm -rf ~/.octave38/'') the install folder and remove the ''alias octave38'' entry from your ''~/.bashrc''.

Revision as of 17:16, 19 February 2014

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.

1. Install dependencies

Take a look at Building for Linux systems and Building.

General information you can gather from the `./configure` summary or read the INSTALL.OCTAVE file that comes distributed with Octave.

2. Download Octave Sourcecode

Take a release from ftp.gnu.org, e.g. 3.8.0.

 wget ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/octave/octave-3.8.0.tar.bz2
 tar xfvj octave-3.8.0.tar.bz2
 cd octave-3.8.0/

or clone current development branch

 hg clone http://hg.octave.org/octave/
 cd octave/
 

3. configure

Only if you want to install from mercurial (hg.octave.org), you have to do first:

./bootstrap

Now it's time to run ./configure with a prefix that points to a directory in your home directory. E.g., my username is maxpower and I want to install Octave to ~/.octave38/

./configure --prefix=/home/maxpower/.octave38/

Pay attention to the configure summary at the end (See chapter 1).

4. make & make install

After you have successful configured octave without errors (warnings may be okay), you can run make. If you have a dual core CPU, you can run make with two threads like that (increase -j number if you have more CPU cores).

make -j2

This may take now ~30-300 Minutes (depends on the speed of your cpu and the size of your RAM)

Feel free to run make check too.

When make -j2 finished without errors, simply run without sudo/root permissions

make install

Octave will now be installed to /home/maxpower/.octave38/


5. 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.

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.