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Re: GUI - start?

From: James Russell
Subject: Re: GUI - start?
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 11:36:09 -0800


During the remove I got several warnings "Couldn't stat source package list 
file: unstable/..." and a recommendation to "run apt-get to correct these 
problems".  I'm guessing that means 'find apt-get'.  Advisable before 
proceedint to install?  What does apt-get do?  



> On Dec 1, 2014, at 11:21 AM, James Russell <address@hidden> wrote:
> Alexander,
> Okay, starting down that path, beginning with the remove.  When I get to the 
> new install, you indicate in the command line you provide to use 
> octave-qtx11, but in your comments you remark that I could use -qtx11 or 
> qtmac.  What should I consider in choosing between these?  A minor 
> consideration is that I am trying to build a separate Ubuntu machine to 
> behave like the Mac - does this favor using qtx11 for consisteny?
> Thanks,
> Jim
>> On Dec 1, 2014, at 11:11 AM, Alexander Hansen <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> On Dec 1, 2014, at 10:56 AM, James Russell <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> Alexander,
>>> 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 
>>> instructions.
>>> Jim
>> You can use either -qtx11 or -qtmac depending on whether you want the X11 
>> GUI or the native GUI.  You aren’t forced to use X11. :-)  And you aren’t 
>> going to lose anything apart from some time, since you’re going to have to 
>> install Qt.  If you haven’t enabled the official binary distribution yet, 
>> I’d recommend doing that to save time.
>> The cleanest way to do the swap is “fink remove —recursive octave382 ; fink 
>> install octave-qtx11 octave382-dev”.  In Fink Commander you can use a 
>> Binary->Remove operation on the octave382 package to accomplish the removal, 
>> and then do your install.
>> I’m not sure what Octave Forge packages you have installed, but you can 
>> install them afterwards.
>> -- 
>> Alexander Hansen, Ph.D.
>> Fink User Liaison
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