When I put up any version of FBSD I usually try to install Maxima. Which fails because the sub-install of gnuplot fails.

Gautham Ganapathy gautham at lisphacker.org
Sat Feb 18 13:07:11 UTC 2012

On 28 January 2012 19:54, Henry Olyer <henry.olyer at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've been using FBSD since 2000 and a Macsyma user since 1976.
> And done my own FBSD installs since 5.1, I think, maybe a few before.  For
> those early years I was content to install a lisp and then do my own FTP's,
> getting maxima and doing things manually.  No problems.
> But the installs have never worked.  Specificially, using the sysinstall
> tool, going to Packages, going to Math, and dropping down to Maxima,
> FAILS!!!
> And a few years ago everyone yelled at me and said I was wrong.  But I've
> had this problem on at least a dozen machines, from laptop's to desktops,
> to blades.
> And when Gnuplot failed to install that stopped the installation of maxima.
> So I did workarounds but lost graphing and other resources.

I did face a gnuplot-related problem while trying to install maxima
from ports on 8-STABLE sometime back. Turned out that I had changed
some build flag for one of the ports on that gnuplot depended on,
causing it to depend back on gnuplot. So when I built maxima, it would
go to gnuplot and then just keep cycling through a whole lot of
dependencies. I am not able to recall which port caused the problem,
but if this is related to the problem you are facing and you haven't
changed any build options, it should build properly.


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