RE: [Rd] Re: [R] Problem Compiling R-2.0.0 on Linux Alpha

From: Prasad, Rajiv <>
Date: Mon 18 Oct 2004 - 02:26:44 EST

Thanks, Peter, and Prof. Ripley.

My efforts last night was mostly futile except that it told me about the embedded newline in Built field.

Prof. Ripley: how do I get your fixes? Can I just download R-2.0.0-patched?


Rajiv Prasad
Scientist, Hydrology Group
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P.O. Box 999, MSIN K9-33 Richland, WA 99352
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-----Original Message-----
From: Prof Brian Ripley [] Sent: Sunday, October 17, 2004 5:59 AM
To: Peter Dalgaard
Cc: Prasad, Rajiv; Subject: Re: [Rd] Re: [R] Problem Compiling R-2.0.0 on Linux Alpha

On 17 Oct 2004, Peter Dalgaard wrote:

> This is not an architecture-specific bug at all, it just happens to be

> tickled by the specific length of "alphapca56-unknown-linux-gnu"!
> I'm unsure whether the problem is in read.dcf or whether
> split_description could just use strsplit(Built, ";[ \n]") and begone
> with it. The latter should be a workaround for you in either case.

The problem is in .install_package_description: the Built: field must not
be split across lines. (The newline does not have to added after ;, so your fix is not 100% adequate.)

I've fixed .install_package_description.

Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
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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