Where can I find Maxima and Octave Packages?

Hi guys,

Could anyone let me which repository I need for Maxima? Also, I installed Octave from a different repository but I can’t seem to find any of the additional packages, like the signals package for example.

Allwires, you should take a look at this search engine:

Thanks for the link. If I install it with the one click installation, will it still automatically update if there are updates available?

Also, what is the difference if I get it from the eduction/science/contrib repositories?

[edit] I just tried it and I guess it still installs the package the normal way, just makes it easier to install. Also, which one of these repositories should I check?


Well, I think I’m going to take the ‘teach a man to fish, and ignore the potential environmental problem…’ approach to this.

You can always search for packages yourself here; personally, I don’t use the 1 click install itself, just use the web page to find the packages and which repositories they are in.

Maxima seems to be available from four repos for 11.1, but you are probably using a different version; not sure about signals unless it is in a meta-package somewhere.

Due to slowness, I realise that oldcpu has covered this. Pah! Next search ‘finger turbocharger!’

Check that the versions that are available are the same; sometimes one is substantially more recent.

Say I had both repositories in my software manager. If I installed it from one repository, would the other one know that it is installed? The reason I am asking this is because I installed octave (a different program) from a contrib repo, but when I tried to remove it, it told me that I had to remove some things from the packman package too! Does it just mix-and-match dependencies from wherever it wants?

Remaining subscribed to the repository afterward is a BIG NO NO for new users and it is practically guaranteed to cause you problems later. In fact, I would bet money on it.

I recommend you IMMEDIATELY disable that repository and restrict your enabled repositories to OSS, Non-OSS, Update and Packman.

Thanks. I think I’m gonna hold off with the messing around until I read some more of this http://opensuse-guide.org/

Is there any easy way to remove anything I installed earlier and “start over” or should I just reinstall the system?

I hope I answered that in this post in a thread of yours:
openSUSE Forums - View Single Post - Some newbie questions

You did, thanks. I learned a bit more since yesterday. I guess at the start I thought that everything you need is just in packages that you check, and then the rest is automatic.

It’s confusing because there are so many different ways to install things. Like today, I had to install something by compiling it myself.

Is there any easy way to make sure when you uninstall something that you don’t have any unnecessary packages left over just taking up space on your computer?

where possible, I find it best as a regular user to install from an rpm on a repository, as opposed to custom compiling. By installing from an rpm, the details of the application are kept in the rpm database. When you custom compile, that is not the case. This means your software package manager has no record of the custom compile, and at best you can hope that an rpm that needs the apps from the custom compile might check for the executable. That may not be the case , in which case a custom compile may not in some cases solve dependency problems.

I am not an expert in this. I myself know of no specific method. I have read of rpmorphan that is supposed to help, but I have no idea if it works well, or if its use can cause breakage. I suspect it only gives part of the picture.

You can can a list of all installed rpm (in chronological order) with:

rpm -qa --last