I am following the installation instruction for Scientific Linux on Ocatve website:

# wget http://url/to/latest/epel-release-6-7.noarch.rpm
# yum localinstall epel-release-6-7.noarch.rpm

Then I type

# sudo yum install octave-forge 

It shows:

  No package octave-forge available.

How can I install Octave in Scientific Linux 6.5?

1 Answer 1


Those instructions appear to be obsolete, perhaps because the version of Octave in EPEL 6 is too old to run Octave Forge now. Octave 3.4.3 is in EPEL at the moment, but the current version of Octave is 3.8.1.

I came to this conclusion by installing octave from EPEL, then attempting to install several Octave packages:

$ octave
octave:1> pkg install -forge bim
  bim needs octave >= 3.6.0
octave:1> pkg install -forge optim
  optim needs octave >= 3.6.0
octave:1> pkg install -forge io
  bim needs octave >= 3.8.0

Apparently, if you want to use Octave Forge, you need to install from source, rather than from EPEL.

  • Thank you! Can you please type the specific commandlines which I need to install octave3.8.1 in Scientific Linux6.5?
    – Jeremy
    Jun 8, 2014 at 19:22

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