I, too had an installation problem with the ELF binaries under Linux. I
apologize if this is a Linux problem, and not an octave-specific question, but
if someone can provide a pointer, I would be very grateful.
I got the ELF binaries, gunzip-ped them and tar-red them. Then I did
sh ./doinstall.sh. When run, octave asked for the 2.7 g++ libraries, so I got
them and installed them (the instructions just asked for tar-ring, so I'm
fairly sure I did it right). Now octave gives me a 'segmentation fault'.
Compiling from scratch is a problem for me since I only have about 20 meg open,
and even with the debugging flags off, that seems not to be enough.
Again, I very much would appreciate any pointers anyone could give.