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+% Copyright (C) 2008  Jaroslav Hajek <highegg@gmail.com>
+% 
+% This file is part of OctaveForge.
+% 
+% OctaveForge is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
+% it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
+% the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
+% (at your option) any later version.
+% 
+% This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
+% but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
+% MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
+% GNU General Public License for more details.
+% 
+% You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
+% along with this software; see the file COPYING.  If not, see
+% <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
+% 
+
+% function benchutil_is_octave ()
+% returns true if this is Octave. If not, we're probably run on Matlab.
+%
+
+function answer = benchutil_is_octave ()
+  persistent isoctave;
+  if (isempty (isoctave))
+    isoctave = ~ isempty (ver ('Octave'));
+  end
+  answer = isoctave;
+