Followed your instructions below. At one point my iMac was hung for over a half hour (even clock on screen not updating, no disk noises) and I forced it to power down. This was apparently during fink install octave-qtmacs octave382-dev. After rebooting, I did findk list -it octave and got:
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 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]
Then I did fink install octave-qtmac octave382-dev, counting on fink to figure out whether it had any work to do (as the list looked incomplete - no qtmac).
That’s to be expected. "fink list -i” lists only installed packages.
This appeared to work, apart from complaints about not being able to stat unstable/crypto/…
There is no unstable tree, and the separate crypto tree was discontinued even before that. This is a harmless issue in your local Fink configuration.
It said it found that it needed to install both packages, but took hardly any time. Next it said:
Could not resolve inconsistent dependencies!
Fink isn't sure how to install the above packages safely. You may be able to
fix things by running:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install octave-qtmac=3.8.2-4 octave382-qtmac=3.8.2-4
So, I ran all of the recommended commands. During sudo apt-get install octave-qtmac-3.8.2-4 octave382-qtmac=3.8.2-4 it said:
The following packages will be REMOVED:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 packages upgraded, 2 newly installed, 2 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B/26.7MB of archives. After unpacking 791kB will be freed.
Then it appeared to proceed gracefully except for warnings like:
Removing octave382-dev ...
Removing octave382 ...
dpkg - warning: while removing octave382, directory `/sw/var/octave/3.8.2' not empty so not removed.
dpkg - warning: while removing octave382, directory `/sw/var/octave' not empty so not removed.
dpkg - warning: while removing octave382, directory `/sw/share/octave' not empty so not removed.
dpkg - warning: while removing octave382, directory `/sw/lib/octave' not empty so not removed.
Finally it said Setting up octave-qtmac (3.8.2-4) ..., which it appeared to do successfully.
Next I ran octave --force-gui
It brought up a beautiful GUI. Command line recall worked. But on a first simple plot I got a dialog "octave-gui quite unexpectedly" and on the command console "octave exited with signal 11”.
Something similar has been reported for the GUI on OS X from Homebrew and Macports. I didn’t tickle it on one of my test systems, so I thought that my build somehow missed it. I’m setting octave-qtmac up on my production machine to see whether it is a reproducible issue or not.
I tried starting again at remove --recursive octave382. fink said No packages to remove. I tried 'fink remove octave382' - same answer. 'find remove octave382-interpreter', same answer.
You can’t remove octave382 because it isn’t installed. You removed it when you installed octave382-qtmac.
You can’t remove octave382-interpreter that way because it is a virtual package.
I tried using octave from its command line. I generated a simple plot, but on the command console, it posted pages of:
Dec 1 17:46:56 Jamess-iMac.local octave-cli-3.8.2 <Error>: CGContextFillRects: invalid context 0x0. This is a serious error. This application, or a library it uses, is using an invalid context and is thereby contributing to an overall degradation of system stability and reliability. This notice is a courtesy: please fix this problem. It will become a fatal error in an upcoming update.
(repeated many times).
I feel totally snake-bit. It seems like I need to start over with a fresh installation, but it seems like I cannot. Recommendation?