GNU Octave on ReactOS

The current versions of GNU Octave don’t work on Windows XP, and hence do not work on ReactOS yet, since ReactOS is currently at Windows 2003 / XP. Fortunately, GNU Octave 4.2 CLI does work on ReactOS. However, the GNU Octave IDE / GUI do not work on ReactOS at this time.

  1. download and install octave-4.2.2-w32-installer.exe
  2. The Program shortcuts don’t work, so create a new Link on the desktop to c:\Octave\Octave-4.2.2\bin\octave-cli.exe This will open a terminal with Octave prompt.
  3. to use Octave from the Command Prompt as one traditionally would with Linux etc., add to PATH under Control Panel → System → Advanced c:\Octave\Octave-4.2.2\bin\

Notes

The error received on installing or trying to run GNU Octave 4.4 on ReactOS is:

The procedure entry point GetFinalPathNameByHandlew could not be located in the dynamic link library KERNEL32.dll.

GetFinalPathNameByHandlew is not part of Windows XP.

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Written by Michael Hirsch, Ph.D. //