I'm trying to build

`math/octave` in FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE-p7.

I don't need GUI, however, there is no config option to skip it. Why?

Are you sure that it is possible to install GNU Octave package without GUI? I mean they are emulating MATLAB behavior. You can of course start matlab without gui

` ``matlab -nodesktop`

but you can't install without it. I am more familiar with the other MATLAB clone called

`math/freemat` which used to be 100% faithful re-implementation of the core MATLAB functionality. That is not a lot considering that true power of MATLAB is in its toolboxes which quickly add thousands of dollars to the cost. However FreeMat was enough to showcase basic Numerical Linear Algebra algorithms when I taught the class. FreeMat looks dead as the lead developer moved on (community was always pretty week). You also have

`math/scilab` which was an European attempt to create a free clone of MATLAB. I don't think it worked

The building process depends on TeX files, which means I have to install at least 1GB (up to 3GB!) of unneeded stuff.

Welcome to the wonderful world of over-engineered GNU software. Original Don Knuth's TeX engine, LaTeX macros, Metafont, and MetaPost can be obtained as

kerTeX (under 10 MB) but TeXLive is defacto standard TeX distribution for UNIX. I still remember old good days 1991-2006 when teTeX ( Thomas Esser TeX) was a standard UNIX distro of TeX and friends. It was 100 or so MB. Then Thomas got married and had kids

Personally I prefer key-value driven TeX (read ConTeXt) but nobody in Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy will accept the paper written in ConTeXt. Thus all of us are stuck with LaTeX macros and gazillion packages.

I tried Octave binary package first, but ` ``octave-cli`

segfaults when trying to plot anything.

Does anybody use/have installed Octave?

Thanks for advises.

As somebody who uses MATLAB daily to make the living the only situation when using Octave made sense was if you are doing Chemical Engineering. IIRC the original person/group at the University of Wisconsin who developed GNU Octave were members of Chemical Engineering department. If you just want to play little bit with MATLAB language use FreeMat.

I know personally Cleve Moler founder of MathWorks (MATLAB and Simlink) and he is the first rate mathematician and one of best numerical analysts of the second part of 20th century. MATLAB language is second to none when it came to matrix structures. The role of the thumb is that if can find a MATLAB toolbox which can do 90% of functionality you need to prototype a science/engineering experiment you are designing then it is worth every penny. If you need to write more than 10% of code you are better off starting with Python.

Oh and I almost forgot. You should update your installation to 11p9

You are running unpatched system.