Re: [Rd] Making Solaris 10 x86/x64 build of R available?

From: Tai-Wei (David) Lin <Taiwei.Lin_at_Sun.COM>
Date: Sat 11 Nov 2006 - 02:13:02 GMT

Hi Professor Ripley,

Thanks for the tip. It worked for me. I'll need to work on packaging next and maybe a bit more testing of the steps on another build machine.

I just found out that there is already an older version of R binary for Solaris 10 at
http://apstc.sun.com.sg/popup.php?l1=research&l2=projects&l3=s10port&f=applications#R

Its readme has compile options:

http://apstc.sun.com.sg/downloads/s10/README/R-project-2.2.0-sol10-x86.txt

Perhaps we interacted with different R users. I would expect not all R users would want to compile their own R binary, similar to not all Linux users would like to compile their own kernel. Without a choice to download pre-built R on Solaris, there won't be a demand for the pre-build binary. Instead, people would focus on how to build their own or would use a pre-build binary for a different platform as an alternative. With this option, it might generate some demands.

Only time will tell and I have no intention to speculate or make a case. Rather, I would like to identify ways to contribute within my ability and attention span. ;) Currently, I am considering different ways to post a build of R with HDF5 support. Hence my first email to check with this alias before I go off doing my own things.

Thanks,

David

Prof Brian Ripley :
> On Wed, 8 Nov 2006, Tai-Wei (David) Lin wrote:
>
>> Hi Folks,
>>
>> I've been working on a 32bit build of R on Solaris 10 x64. What are the
>> steps for validate a build beyond make check?
>
> make check-all is a more comprehensive test, including of the
> recommended packages.
>
>> Once I am ready to contribute a binary build / HowTo doc, who should I
>> contact?
>
> I doubt if there is a demand for a binary build: AFAIK all Solaris users
> of R have the tools to build from the sources.
>
> We do have a HowTo, the R-admin manual. If you tell us what you did in
> the format of the entries there for specific OSes, we will incorporate
> the information. (It is pretty much essential to know exactly which
> compilers etc you used.) Several other people have built R on Solaris 10
> on x86_64 (which is I presume what you mean) using the current R-admin
> instructions, so please tell us about small changes that might be
> required on your system (and why).
>



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