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Re: GUI - start?

From: James Russell
Subject: Re: GUI - start?
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:56:54 -0800


I got to 3.8.2 using fink update-all after configuring to not restrict to 
stable (my local octave installation was at 3.8.1 before that). fink list -it 
octave yields:

 i      fink-octave-scripts     0.3.3-1 Convenience scripts for Octave add-ons
 p      liboctave382            [virtual package]
 p      liboctave382-accelerate         [virtual package]
 p      liboctave382-accelerate-dev             [virtual package]
 p      liboctave382-aqua               [virtual package]
 p      liboctave382-aqua-dev           [virtual package]
 p      liboctave382-dev                [virtual package]
 p      liboctave382-gcc49              [virtual package]
 p      liboctave382-gcc49-dev          [virtual package]
 i      octave  3.8.2-4 MATLAB-like language for computations
 p      octave-interpreter              [virtual package]
 p      octave-interpreter-accelerate           [virtual package]
 p      octave-interpreter-aqua         [virtual package]
 i      octave382       3.8.2-4 MATLAB-like language for computations
 i      octave382-dev   3.8.2-4 MATLAB-like language for computations
 p      octave382-interpreter           [virtual package]
 p      octave382-interpreter-accelerate                [virtual package]
 p      octave382-interpreter-aqua              [virtual package]

At fink, searching for packages with 'octave 382' yields 36 results, many of 
which include qtx11 or qtmac in their name.  Some include 'atlas', some 'ref', 
some simply follow octave382 with 'x11', and some have no such qualifier.  For 
what it's worth, pursuing a working installation earlier by another means, I 
installed X Quartz.  So, I expect a qtx11 variant is indicated.  Earlier you 
helped me enable install some packages to extend basic octave, which required 
something involving -dev.  How do I know how to get from where I am to where I 
need to be without disturbing the (sorry - rather painful) progress I've made?  
Can you recommend a particular fink install command argument?  It is really 
pretty hard for a newbie to decipher all of the alternatives.

I am guessing what I need is 'fink install octave382-qtx11-dev', but I'm leery 
of just guessing.  I've put a good deal of time into getting a working 3.8.2 
installation in place and don't want to mess it up.

Thanks so much for your help - I recognize that the community you are serving 
is very diverse in requirements, and really appreciate your helpful 


> On Dec 1, 2014, at 10:32 AM, Alexander Hansen <address@hidden> wrote:
>> On Dec 1, 2014, at 10:15 AM, jkr <address@hidden> wrote:
>> I have installed Octave 3.8.2 (using fink), a major feature of which is
>> supposed to be the GUI.  As noted, this
>> is not the default interface yet.  It is said there that to start the gui
>> what is needed is --force-gui.  I have tried, from a bash shell: octave
>> --force-gui.  I just get a command line interface.  Clearly, I'm missing
>> something.  Clues?
> What build variant did you install?  E.g. check that with “fink list -it 
> octave”  Only those with “qtmac” or “qtx11” in their names include the GUI.
> -- 
> Alexander Hansen, Ph.D.
> Fink User Liaison

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