Octave has its own build system for installing packages.
OctavePackage base class has a single phase:
install- install the package
By default, this phase runs the following command:
$ octave '--eval' 'pkg prefix <prefix>; pkg install <archive_file>'
Beware that uninstallation is not implemented at the moment. After uninstalling
a package via Spack, you also need to manually uninstall it from Octave via
pkg uninstall <package_name>.
Finding Octave packages¶
Most Octave packages are listed at https://octave.sourceforge.io/packages.php.
Usually, the homepage of a package will list dependencies, i.e.
Dependencies: Octave >= 3.6.0 struct >= 1.0.12. The same information should
be available in the
DESCRIPTION file in the root of each archive.
For more information on the Octave build system, see: https://octave.org/doc/v4.4.0/Installing-and-Removing-Packages.html