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I am trying to reinstall Octave on Red Hat. I currently have Octave 2.4 installed on the computer, but it is too old and some of my scripts are not running.

On the Octave wiki it says:

Octave is included with RedHat. If you are still using an old version of RedHat and want a newer version of octave, your best options are to consider updating your distribution to a recent Fedora release or compile octave from source.

Updating the distribution is definitely not an option because the computer belongs to the department. I believe I need to compile Octave from source but I'm not sure what that means.

I've downloaded the tar.gz file, have decompressed the file, but I don't know how to proceed. Has anyone tried this installation before? Any ideas?

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There should be a README or INSTALL file (in plain ASCII text format) that will provide some instructions on how to compile (it usually involves using these commands: ./configure, make, make install). –  Randolf Richardson Aug 9 '11 at 15:17
Thanks a lot. I've used configure command, but there seems to be an additional problem. It says that the gcc version won´t compile octave. I'm trying to install it using the package manager, but it gets stuck! I´ve done some research and it says that maybe the databases are corrupted. Any help will be greatly appreciated. –  deps_stats Aug 9 '11 at 17:55
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