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Re: Octave advocacy

From: Josep Monés i Teixidor
Subject: Re: Octave advocacy
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 14:58:41 +0200
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Javier Arántegui wrote:

Usually the problem is not the compilation process itself what I find difficult. It's uninstalling software what I think it's more complex. Sometimes there is a 'make unistall' with the source but many times not. Lately I have solved this problem creating myself the RPM files. To do this, I am using 'checkinstall' instead 'make install' in the compilation process. Checkinstall is one of the packets of my favourite distribution (SUSE 9.1 Pro) and can be found at <>.


If projects use autotools, as Octave does, you can use --prefix parameter to configure to install the software to a desired directory. This way you can delete that directory:

For instance:
./configure --prefix=/home/javier/binaries/octave --enable-shared --disable-static
make install

If destination is writable by current user you can "make install" without becoming root.

You'll need to add /home/javier/binaries/octave/bin to your path in order to run it just typing octave.



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