Octave setup

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A few notes regarding octave on Ubuntu.

I installed basic Octave-3.0.0 package and wanted to install additional packages, but run into problems. Here is the right way to do this:

  • Install Octave
 sudo apt-get install octave3.0
  • optionally check which octave. In my case the old version was removed leaving behind dead link from /usr/bin/octave to /etc/alternatives... I recreated the link to the latest version.
  • Install the development package octave-headers - you will need this to install additional packages
 sudo apt-get install octave3.0-headers
  • Download the desired packages from sourceforge:
  • Install (do not unzip) the octave packages from octave. Note, if you want to install them globally for all users, you need to start the octave as root:
 sudo octave
 octave:1>  pkg install /home/me/Desktop/image-1.0.6.tar.gz
  • optionally check the packages from ortave with
 pkg list

You are done. If you want to uninstall package, consult help or just do it:

 help pkg
 pkg uninstall image

Good luck.