New Macports using trying to install octave

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Fri Nov 9 11:18:43 PST 2007

On Nov 9, 2007, at 11:36, Jackson Myers wrote:

> On Nov 9, 2007, at 4:42 AM, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>> On Nov 8, 2007, at 16:52, Jackson Myers wrote:
>>> I am new to Macports (but I have some Unix/Darwin experience and  
>>> I have used Fink before). I am trying to install Octave on  
>>> Leopard and not having much luck. The following is an error I got  
>>> on  my first attempt. Can anybody decipher this and tell me how  
>>> to make it work? thanks,
>>> -Jax
>> I think it means that you have a PowerPC Mac, and the octave port  
>> requests gcc40 on PowerPC machines, and gcc40 apparently won't  
>> build on Leopard anymore. We've had at least one other report of  
>> this that I recall. There's an open bug requesting that this be  
>> changed to use gcc42. There's a patch attached to the ticket. You  
>> could try the patch and see if it helps:
>> There's also an open request to update the port to the current  
>> version:
>> The port's maintainer is busy with other things right now so he  
>> hasn't had a chance to look at these tickets. But if you try the  
>> patches and they fix the problem for you, someone else could  
>> commit them.
> Thanks for the info. I'll give it a try. Just a quick question  
> though: How do I apply that patch?

Whoops, it looks like my patch in ticket 12144 has rotted. I'm  
attaching an updated patch to the ticket.

So now you can:

sudo port clean --work octave
cd `port dir octave`
sudo patch -p0 < ~/Desktop/octave-gcc42-2.diff
sudo port install octave

The patch will disappear the next time you do a "sudo port  
selfupdate" or "sudo port sync".

I don't use octave and I haven't tried the patch myself so if you run  
into more problems please let us know.

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