Re: [Rd] specifying compiler path in configure

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2008 15:40:43 +0100 (BST)

On Fri, 29 Aug 2008, Mark Kimpel wrote:

> After reading over the relevant sections of the manual more carefully,
> I now see where the information is presented and I was able to get R
> to compile with an alternate version of gcc. On thing, however,
> remains unclear to me. If R is compiled with a non-default version of
> a compiler, are subsequent add-on packages and updated automatically
> directed to use the alternate or is it necessary to include this

R uses the compiler used to build it unless told otherwise. That *is* the default, as far a R is concerned -- it knows about no other.

> information in 'install.packages' and 'update.packages'? If the
> latter, then it is unclear to me how this is accomplished. Below is my
> best attempt at putting this instruction into install.packages and it
> failed to produce the intended result, with gcc-4.3 being used instead
> of 4.2.
>
> install.packages("affxparser", repos=repos,configure.args =
> c('CC=/usr/bin/gcc-4.2', 'CXX=/usr/bin/g++-4.2'))

You set environment variables via Sys.setenv() ....

>
> Thanks, Mark
>
> On Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 4:38 PM, Prof Brian Ripley
> <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk> wrote:
>> On Wed, 27 Aug 2008, Mark Kimpel wrote:
>>
>>> I'm having trouble building some packages while running Debian Lenny
>>> (testing) and suspect that the issues are related to the default use
>>> of gcc-4.3.
>>
>> You might want to compare your problems with the CRAN checks at
>>
>> http://cran.r-project.org/web/checks/check_summary.html
>>
>> as those are run with gcc 4.3.x on Debian testing. From memory, the
>> problems are confined to C++-(mis)using packages.
>>
>>> With Lenny, build-essentials depends on 4.3, so I'd like
>>> to leave it installed but have also installed 4.2.1. How do I tell
>>> ./configure the path to 4.2.1 ? I"m sure it's an option, but I don't
>>> see it documented in the R-admin manual.
>>
>> From configure --help:
>>
>> CC C compiler command
>> CFLAGS C compiler flags
>>
>> There are many examples of setting CC in the R-admin manual, and the first
>> para of 'Essential Programs' seems to me to tell you that as well.
>>
>> --
>> Brian D. Ripley, ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk
>> Professor of Applied Statistics, http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
>> University of Oxford, Tel: +44 1865 272861 (self)
>> 1 South Parks Road, +44 1865 272866 (PA)
>> Oxford OX1 3TG, UK Fax: +44 1865 272595
>>
>
>
>
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Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk
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University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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