Scilab is called by running the scilab script in the
directory SCIDIR/bin (SCIDIR denotes the directory
where Scilab is installed).
This shell script runs Scilab in an Xwindow environment (this
script file can be invoked with
specific parameters such as
-nw for ``no-window'').
You will immediatly get the Scilab window with the following banner and
prompt represented by the -> :
=========== S c i l a b =========== Scilab-2.x ( 12 July 1998 ) Copyright (C) 1989-98 INRIA Startup execution: loading initial environment -->
A first contact with Scilab can be made by clicking on Demos with the left mouse button and clicking then on Introduction to SCILAB : the execution of the session is then done by entering empty lines and can be stopped with the buttons Stop and Abort.
Several libraries (see the SCIDIR/scilab.star file) are automatically loaded.
To give the user an idea of some of the capabilities of Scilab
we will give later a sample session in Scilab.