[Rd] Changed behaviour of 'R CMD INSTALL'

From: Berwin A Turlach <Berwin.Turlach_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 21:16:45 +0800


G'day all,

I found the following snippet in the NEWS file for R 2.14.1:

    • R CMD INSTALL will now do a test load for all sub-architectures

      for which code was compiled (rather than just the primary
      sub-architecture).

This seems to have the following (unintended?) consequence:

Most of my machines are running some version of 64-bit Ubuntu and I do not necessarily have all 32-bit libraries installed on these. In particular, the 32-bit TCL/Tk libraries are frequently missing. Thus, on such a machine the 32-bit sub-architecture of R does not have the capability to use TCL/tk and the tcltk package is only installed for the primary sub-architecture (64-bit).

Until now, I could always install the Rcmdr package on these machine. However, this is no longer possible in 2.14.1. Now attempts to install Rcmdr on such a machine ends with:

Is there a way of installing Rcmdr only for the 64-bit primary sub-architecture? Or do I really have to install the 32-bit versions of the TCL/Tk libraries and then reinstall R from scratch?

Cheers,

        Berwin



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