Octave Command Line Mode

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GNU Octave has a lesser known command line mode. I think it’s awesome. You get to work in the always familiar environment in the shell with vim running alongside to edit script files… You have access to certain shell commands such as cd, ls, mkdir. Enough to navigate you way around. Makes you feel like a true hacker rather than working in the outdated, ugly GUI IDE. Here’s a snapshot:

> octave
GNU Octave, version 6.1.1~hg.2021.01.26
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octave:1> pi
ans = 3.1416
octave:2> 

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