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GNU Octave non responsive in Fedora 24 (32 bit)

asked 2018-09-12 02:08:17 -0500

Sorry if this is a repost, but I am either lazy or just tired of scrolling through the forums. I have recently installed "GNU Octave" (latest version) in my laptop that uses the above OS. The icon is visible by clicking the 'Show Applications' tab in the menu bar of the desktop) If I click on the icon, nothing happens. If I right click and select 'Show Details', the 'Software' app of Fedora 24 appears, and it gives me the option of launching it or removing it. And neither of these options do anything. After selecting 'Remove' and restarting the computer I still see the GNU Octave icon in the list of applications. I do not know what to do with this. Is there any way to re-install the Application without reinstalling the OS?

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answered 2018-09-12 02:57:46 -0500

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updated 2018-09-12 03:03:07 -0500

Please update your Fedora version. Octave has introduced an experimental graphical user interface (GUI) a few years ago. It has since seen many bug fixes. If you update to any supported version of Fedora (27 or 28), you will get an up-to-date version of octave (4.2.2 as of writing these lines).

Anyway, you should never ever run an unsupported version of Fedora or any other operating system because they have many known security bugs which nobody will ever ship fixes for. You are putting your computer, your data and everyone connected to it (probably the whole internet) at risk. Please do not do this. Please install an update immediately or reinstall a more recent version of Fedora (27 or 28).

EDIT: Maybe your version of Fedora is so old that octave does not even ship a GUI. Run rpm -q octave in a terminal to get the version of your octave installation. Version 3.8 was the first to ship a GUI which was disabled (hidden behind a command line switch). It was enabled by default with version 4.0.

If you are using version 3.8, you may try the GUI option. See octave --help for details.

Updating Fedora from version 24 to version 27 or 28 will be cumbersome. I recommend reinstalling.

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