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GNU Octave 3.8.2 Source Installation

GNU Octave is a high-level language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It makes a very good alternative to MATLAB.

Download from ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/octave/


wget ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/octave/octave-3.8.2.tar.bz2

Extract to /usr/local/src/OCTAVE


cd /usr/local/src/OCTAVE
tar xvjf octave-3.8.2.tar.bz2

Several applications should already be installed prior to installing Octave. These should have their paths set via environment modules. Change to source directory run and load the following environment module files.


cd octave-3.8.2
module load atlas
module load java
module load lapack
module load blas
module load openmpi-gcc
module load pcre

Run configuration from the following script...


../config

The script has the following options.


#!/bin/bash
install=$(basename $(pwd) | sed 's%-%/%')
CFLAGS="-m64 -g -Wall -fPIC" ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/$install --enable-shared --enable-docs=yes --with-umfpack="-lumfpack -lsuitesparseconfig --disable-readline"

... and Install


make
make check
make install

Create module files


nano .desc
nano .version
nano .base
ln -s .base 3.6.4

The .base file takes the following form.


#%Module1.0#####################################################################
##
## $name modulefile
##
set ver [lrange [split [ module-info name ] / ] 1 1 ]
set name [lrange [split [ module-info name ] / ] 0 0 ]
set loading [module-info mode load]
set desc [join [read [ open "/usr/local/Modules/modulefiles/$name/.desc" ] ] ]
proc ModulesHelp { } {
puts stderr "\tThis module sets the envinronment for $name v$ver"
}
module-whatis "$desc (v$ver)"
if { $loading && ![ is-loaded lapack ] || ![ is-loaded atlas ] } {
module load lapack
}
#prepend-path --delim " " CPPFLAGS -I/usr/local/$name/$ver/include
#prepend-path --delim " " LDFLAGS -L/usr/local/$name/$ver/lib
prepend-path LD_LIBRARY_PATH /usr/local/$name/$ver/lib
#prepend-path MANPATH /usr/local/$name/$ver/share/man
prepend-path PATH /usr/local/$name/$ver/bin