Re: [Rd] Can crc32() assume to be available at the C level?

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Tue 01 Mar 2005 - 14:57:11 GMT

On Tue, 1 Mar 2005, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:

> Antoine Lucas suggested extending my small digest package (which provides md5
> and sha-1 digests of R objects, which it are serialized if needed) with a
> crc32 function, and provided a fairly complete patch.
> We are now wondering if we should play it safe and bundle crc32.c (plus
> utils) in the digest sources (as I do with md5 and sha1), or if we can assume
> that crc32 is present on all R platforms thanks to zlib.
> Is that the case? If so, is it a good idea to use it even though it doesn't
> appear in the header files? Or should we package "our" copy?

It is present, but with --with-zlib options it could be in an external library and hence not exported by R.bin/ So I don't think you can rely on finding it.

Brian D. Ripley,        
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