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Re: Uninstalling windows octave destroyed my cygwin installation!

From: John W. Eaton
Subject: Re: Uninstalling windows octave destroyed my cygwin installation!
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2003 10:23:03 -0600

On 30-Nov-2003, Andy Adler <address@hidden> wrote:

| The reason we have so many people having this issue is simple.
| If you go to, there is the
| following statement:
|    An easy-to-install Windows binary is available from
| If you go to, there is
| a link "GNU Octave for windows" (Sept 10, 2002), which contains
| version 2.1.35 and causes all these problems.
| The simple solution is the following:
| This will save lots of problems posted to this mailing list,
| and will give a much better first impression to new users.

I'm sorry that the link is out of date.

I've fixed it to point to my directions for installing Octave as a
Cygwin package, and also to

If this is incorrect, or you would like to have other information on
the web pages, then please post a patch (the sources for the Octave
web pages are in a CVS archive along side the Octave sources).

I see that the page
currently mentions 2.1.42, which I think is out of date.

Finally, I also see that this page recommends that people who already
have Cygwin should install the file
octave-2.1.42-gnuplot-octaveforge-noatlas.tar.bz2.  Is this a Cygwin
package?  For Cygwin users, I think that it would be best to have
Cygwin packages of Octave, Octave-Forge, ATLAS, gnuplot, etc.  Can we
agree that this is the best way of handling Octave installations for
people who already have Cygwin?  I have already created packages for
Octave, octave-forge, and gnuplot.  Unfortunately, besides not being a
regular Windows user myself, I am way too busy to continue to build
and maintain these pacakges, so I need someone to pick up where I left
off.  So if we want to have Octave working well on Windows systems, 
and we want it to be easy to install for Cygwin users, then we need to
find some volunteers to maintain these packages.



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