Time for action – editing the .octaverc file

  1. Start Octave if you have not already done so, and open the default editor:
    octave:1> edit
  2. Copy the following lines into the file and save the file as .octaverc under the Octave home directory if you use Windows, or under the user home directory if you use GNU/Linux. (Without the line numbers, of course.) Alternatively, just use your favorite editor to create the file.
    PS1 (">> ");
    edit mode "async"

    Exit the editor and restart Octave. Did the appearance of the Octave prompt change? It should look like this



    Instead of restarting Octave every time you make changes to your setup files, you can type, for example, octave:1> source(".octaverc"). This will read the commands in the .octaverc file.

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