I have installed Gnu Octave by using
apt-get install octave.
This installed version 4.0.3 on my machine.
I want to install the latest available version. How can I:
- Uninstall the version I have?
- Install the latest version?
For uninstalling GNU Octave you can run this command:
sudo apt purge octave
But you don't need to remove and then install latest version of Octave.
You can easily upgrade that package with this commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:octave/stable sudo apt update sudo apt install octave
These commands upgrade Octave to latest stable version of this software (with no need to remove current version).
You can run the newest version of Octave (5.1.0 in March 2019) by running it as a Flatpack app. "Flatpack is a system for building, distributing, and running sandboxed desktop applications on Linux."
The installation procedure is described here: https://flathub.org/apps/details/org.octave.Octave at the bottom of the page.
A more complete set of commands looks like the following section:
If you are on Ubuntu 16.04, You have to install flatpack first, then run Octave:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexlarsson/flatpak sudo apt install flatpak # optional line, AFAIK (pulls in Gnome deps?): sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-flatpak # this line possibly required on Debian systems flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo flatpak install flathub org.octave.Octave flatpak run org.octave.Octave --gui
This downloads about 900 MB from the internet.
For convenience in starting Octave from the command line, you can create the files
/usr/share/octave with the contents
#!/bin/sh flatpak run org.octave.Octave --gui
/usr/share/octave-cli with content
#!/bin/sh flatpak run org.octave.Octave