bugGNU Octave - Bugs: bug #41520, Error installing control package...


bug #41520: Error installing control package in Octave 3.8.0 on MacOS Mavericks

Submitted by:  None
Submitted on:  Sun 09 Feb 2014 10:29:18 AM UTC  
Category: Octave Forge PackageSeverity: 3 - Normal
Priority: 5 - NormalItem Group: Installation Failure
Status: NoneAssigned to: None
Originator Name: Alex SoneaOriginator Email: -unavailable-
Open/Closed: OpenRelease: 3.8.0
Operating System: Mac OS

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Sun 22 Jun 2014 09:16:35 PM UTC, comment #4:

I had a similar problem.

I updated my mac os to osx 10.93 and then updated octave to 3.8
None of the packages would install with a similar error message as yours. Then I updated xcode and the command line tools to the latest version and the packages now install.

Hope that helps.


dan renzi <renzdog>
Wed 26 Feb 2014 08:38:29 AM UTC, comment #3:

Had the same problem. The following change to /usr/local/octave/3.8.0/bin/mkoctfile-3.8.0 got me going:

> diff mkoctfile-*


> DEFAULT_INCFLAGS="-I$OCTINCLUDEDIR/.. -I$OCTINCLUDEDIR -I/Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/MacOSX.platform/Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.9.sdk/usr/include"

Sun 16 Feb 2014 12:10:29 PM UTC, comment #2:


Sorry for the late reply.

I have installed using the binary installer at Octave Forge as indicated in the Octave Wiki here:



Wed 12 Feb 2014 06:13:01 AM UTC, comment #1:

Hi Alex

How did you install Octave? Homebrew?
Have you tried installing other packages which contain oct-files, e.g. odepkg?


Lukas Reichlin <paramaniac>
Sun 09 Feb 2014 10:29:18 AM UTC, original submission:


I've updated my Octave installation to 3.8.0 and I was looking forward to install the control package.

I'm using the command:

pkg install -forge control

The system starts downloading and building the package but after a while is stops with the following error:

octave:1> pkg install -forge control
In file included from /usr/local/octave/3.8.0/lib/gcc47/gcc/x86_64-apple-darwin13/4.7.3/include/stdint.h:3:0,
from /usr/local/octave/3.8.0/include/octave-3.8.0/octave/oct-conf-post.h:167,
from /usr/local/octave/3.8.0/include/octave-3.8.0/octave/config.h:3351,
from /usr/local/octave/3.8.0/include/octave-3.8.0/octave/../octave/oct.h:31,
from sl_ab08nd.cc:30,
from _control_slicot_functions_.cc:1:
/usr/local/octave/3.8.0/lib/gcc47/gcc/x86_64-apple-darwin13/4.7.3/include-fixed/stdint.h:27:32: fatal error: sys/_types/_int8_t.h: No such file or directory
compilation terminated.
make: *** [__control_slicot_functions__.oct] Error 1
tar -xzf slicot.tar.gz
mkdir sltmp
mv slicot/src/*.f ./sltmp
mv slicot/src_aux/*.f ./sltmp
cp TG04BX.fortran ./sltmp/TG04BX.f
cd sltmp; /usr/local/octave/3.8.0/bin/mkoctfile-3.8.0 -c *.f
ar -rc slicotlibrary.a ./sltmp/*.o
rm -rf sltmp slicot
LFLAGS="-L/usr/local/octave/3.8.0/lib/octave/3.8.0 -L/usr/local/octave/3.8.0/lib -llapack -lgfortran -lcblas -lf77blas -latlas -L/usr/local/octave/3.8.0.mp/bin/../lib/gcc47/gcc/x86_64-apple-darwin13/4.7.3 -L/usr/local/octave/3.8.0.mp/bin/../lib/gcc47/gcc -L/usr/local/octave/3.8.0/lib -L/usr/local/octave/3.8.0.mp/bin/../lib/gcc47/gcc/x86_64-apple-darwin13/4.7.3/../../.. -lgfortran -lquadmath -lm" \
/usr/local/octave/3.8.0/bin/mkoctfile-3.8.0 _control_slicot_functions_.cc common.cc slicotlibrary.a

pkg: error running `make' for the control package.
error: called from 'configure_make' in file /usr/local/octave/3.8.0/share/octave/3.8.0/m/pkg/private/configure_make.m near line 82, column 9
error: called from:
error: /usr/local/octave/3.8.0/share/octave/3.8.0/m/pkg/private/install.m at line 199, column 5
error: /usr/local/octave/3.8.0/share/octave/3.8.0/m/pkg/pkg.m at line 394, column 9

Can you please let me know if there is any dependency that I am missing?

Thank you,




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