[ubuntu-uk] Curve-fitting program or package (a gnuplot example)

Robert McWilliam rmcw at allmail.net
Mon Feb 26 16:21:01 GMT 2007

On Mon, 26 Feb 2007 15:55:28 +0000
"Robin Menneer" <robinmenneer at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 2/25/07, Tony Arnold <tony.arnold at manchester.ac.uk> wrote:
> > Use Synaptic! Search for gnuplot and then install it. Presumably,
> > you've used Synaptic before to install stuff?
> This is the first time I've tried to use  Synaptic Search and have
> got as far as being asked for a package but failed to get the files
> listed by you. I've got the .tar file into desktop but failed to link
> it up with Synaptic. It's no good people raving about weaning
> ordinary folk out of windows if they are subsequently let loose in
> such unfriendly territory.

A .tar sounds like the source for gnuplot which is not the easiest way
to install software in ubuntu. 

An overview of the package management system is available at:

The gnuplot packages are in universe (community supported packages)
rather than main, which is not enabled by default, the instructions for
enabling this are at:

> Having used DOS for many years, I am not afraid of the concept of
> using terminal, but just of the brute force that i may mistakedly
> misdirect in my ignorance.   The warning in Synaptic *You can render
> your system unusable* frightens the life out of me.  I'd rather
> abandon Ubuntu than foul up my machine.  Thanks, Robin

That warning is about messing up your ubuntu install, it is very
unlikely that anything you do in software could cause actual do damage
to the hardware.

Robert McWilliam     rmcw at allmail.net    www.ormiret.com

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