Re: [Rd] Comments on the R-2.0.0 release (PR#7351)

From: <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Tue 09 Nov 2004 - 23:10:47 EST


I don't see the bug report in here. What is the bug you wished to report? (That R requires some flags set on some platforms is documented in the R-admin manual, and not a bug.)

Comments are better sent to the mailing list, not the bug repository, as someone now has to decide what to do with this.

On Mon, 8 Nov 2004 beebe@math.utah.edu wrote:

> Builds of the R-2.0.0 release have been considerably more successful
> at my site than previous releases. I now have it installed on these
> platforms:
>
> Apple PowerPC G3 267MHz GNU/Linux 2.4.19-4a (Yellow Dog Linux release 2.3 (Dayton))
> Compaq Alpha Sierra OSF/1 5.1
> Compaq/DEC Alpha OSF/1 4.0F
> Intel Itanium-2 GNU/Linux Red Hat Linux Advanced Server release 2.1AS (Derry)
> Intel Pentium II FreeBSD 4.4-RELEASE #0
> Intel Pentium III FreeBSD 5.0
> Intel Pentium III GNU/Linux 2.4.18-26.8.0smp (Red Hat 8.0 (Psyche))
> Intel Pentium III GNU/Linux 2.4.21-20.ELsmp (Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS release 3 (Taroon Update 3))
> Intel Pentium III NetBSD 1.6
> Intel Pentium III OpenBSD 3.2
> Intel Pentium III Solaris 9 x86
> SGI Origin 200 IRIX 6.5
> Sun SPARC GNU/Linux 2.2.19-6.2.1 (Red Hat 6.2)
> Sun SPARC Solaris 2.7
> Sun SPARC Solaris 2.8
> Sun SPARC Solaris 2.9
>
> However, builds initially failed on several of these systems because
> of errors like this:
>
> /usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lX11
>
> On these systems, I was able to restart the build with
>
> make LDFLAGS=-L/usr/X11R6/lib
>
> and have it complete successfully. I've recently seen some other
> packages that failed to compile for the same reason: the list of
> standard locations that is searched at configure time for X11
> libraries is out-of-date. The R-2.0.0 configure.ac script has this
> snippet:
>
> for dir in /usr/bin/X11 /usr/X11R6/bin /usr/openwin/bin; do
> r_xtra_path="${r_xtra_path}${PATH_SEPARATOR}${dir}"
> done
>
> However, it does not seem to have an analogue for the corresponding
> lib directory.

That's because configure --help says

X features:
  --x-includes=DIR X include files are in DIR   --x-libraries=DIR X library files are in DIR

so I think you omitted --x-libraries=/usr/X11R6/lib. This is also documented in the R-admin manual.

Note that including /usr/X11R6/lib would be rather dangerous, as on 64-bit Linux systems the correct directory is (at least on ours) /usr/X11R6/lib64. I believe all properly configured systems will have the appropriate one of /usr/X11R6/lib64, /usr/X11R6/lib in the default library path, but if not it will not be a good idea for R to start guessing.

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