Re: [Rd] [PATCH] Add fpicflags for Intel(R) Fortran Compiler (PR#8344)

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Dear Prof. Ripley,

Prof Brian Ripley schrieb:
| 1) The documented way to specify this is to set FPICFLAGS in
| see the example in R-admin for the PG compilers. When you
| tried that, what went wrong?
Nothing went wrong. However, I was of the opinion that support of ifc/ifort 'out-of-the-box' is worthwhile. This is why I asked to include it into the source-tree. As a matter of fact, I stumbled upon this when testing Gentoo's R-2.2.0 buildscripts and added a similar patch to our repository.

| 2) It seems strange to specify this for the Fortran compiler and not the
| C or C++ compiler.
I used the combination of 'gcc/g++/ifort' to build and test R. Testing the combination of 'icc/ifort' on Gentoo is scheduled already.

| 3) You have suggested the change to a section for all OSes. Do you know
| for sure that all compilers called 'ifort' on all OSes need the -fPIC
| flag? Or is it really just for Linux (and AFAICS, just x86_64 Linux, as
| i386 Linux seems to work with icc/ifort without it).
a) For building shared ELF-libraries on x86_64 and ia64, you need to instruct the compiler to build PIC. As a matter of fact, this isn't necessary for x86, but it is strongly recommended as it should improve performance due to the lack of text relocations the dynamic linker would have to perform otherwise. This affects all OSes that can handle ELF binaries (Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, tbc.).

b) I surely can't guarantee that there never will be a different fortran compiler with same name on any OS. However, I think that it is a safe assumption to say that there currently is no such compiler on OSes supported by autotools.

The number of target OSes and and supported ISAs makes it - in my eyes - worthwhile to add the check to the 'general' section of the script. If - in a rare case - a conflict with other compiler emerged, it would still be possible to work around a problem in the following section of the script: '## Step 3. Individual platform overrides.'. (Emphasis here on 'individual' and 'override')

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