Octave (MATLAB alternative which loads in Terminal)

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by richard.mac, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. macrumors 603


    does anyone know the command to change Octave's working directory? atm its set to ~/ by default but i want to set it to my USB specifically /Volumes/FLASH DRIVE/uni/Sc Comp 1/.

    at uni i can change the directory to my USB in MATLAB quite easily but until i buy MATLAB for Unix i need to find out this command. thanks!
  2. macrumors P6


    sorry that i can't help. i've taken a matlab course, and i've never heard of Octave. i might try it out
  3. macrumors 603


    its OK. M-files open natively in XCode. the thing i hate is not having a command history and variable values in the sidebar and not knowing how to change the working directory.
  4. macrumors 6502

    uh... cd?
  5. macrumors 68040


    That's because XCode thinks they're Objective-C source code files, which have the same .m extension. As for changing the working directory, in Matlab (and UNIX in general), it's:

    cd /Volumes/FLASH DRIVE/uni/Sc Comp 1/

    "cd" is short for "Change Directory". Never used Octave myself though, so I'm not sure really...
  6. macrumors 603


    uh... no? doesnt work says no file or directory.

    ive never tried "cd" in MATLAB i always use the directory drop down menu. as above it didnt work i even tried dragging the uni folder into Octave.

    also it would be "/Volumes/FLASH\ DRIVE/uni/Sc\ Comp\ 1" wouldnt it?
  7. macrumors 603


    ok found this and "cd" (sorry :eek:) & "chdir" work. i tried "cd /".

    but i cant change the directory to my USB!? says no file or directory and i tried backslashes for spaces and without.

    need to go to uni now so ill be offline for a while. get octave here its only a 26 meg download and try and cd to your USB. thanks!
  8. macrumors 603


    i ended up buying MATLAB at my uni book store. thanks anyways guys.

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