Re: [Rd] R CMD config --cppflags buglet

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Mon 20 Feb 2006 - 14:45:05 GMT


It was even more wrong in R-devel, for there we have sub-architectures and it needs to be "-I${R_INCLUDE_DIR} -I${R_INCLUDE_DIR}${R_ARCH}". Fixed now, thanks.

I don't think there is any problem in


On Mon, 20 Feb 2006, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:

> As you may recall, a Debian user complained last year about how R is out of
> line with respect to the filesystem standards (where, in essence,
> architecture independent files should be in /usr/share, not /usr/lib). While
> I more or less just told him to get lost, I think it was mostly BDR who
> actually added support for this over the summer -- so a public Thanks!
> first. As of a few weeks ago, I now activate this in the Debian builds so
> that we get
> edd@basebud:~> ls -F /usr/share/R
> doc/ include/ share/
> The downside of this that the maintained assumption of
> $R_HOME/share
> $R_HOME/include
> no longer works.
> I was updated a number of packages for Quantian yesterday and noticed that
> (at least) two packages had hard-coded links to $R_HOME/include in their

Well, only 5 CRAN packages have a src/Makefile, and one other has src/ Of those only ROracle appears to have $R_HOME/include. So I'm missing something.

When 2.3.0 is nearer release this will need to go into the update notes.

> Makefiles. I was just about to mail their maintainers suggesting an
> alternative when I noticed that that R (2.2.1) has it wrong too:
> edd@basebud:~> R CMD config --cppflags
> -I/usr/lib/R/include
> Should I patch this at my end with a softlink
> /usr/share/R/include -> /usr/lib/R/include
> or should that be fixed in R? For the record, I configure'd with
> --datadir=/usr/share/R/share \
> --includedir=/usr/share/R/include \
> so that I get told about '-I/usr/lib/R/include' is probably a bug. Indeed,
> src/script/config has an unconditional
> --cppflags)
> if test -z "${LIBR}"; then
> echo "R was not built as a shared library" >&2
> else
> echo "-I${R_HOME}/include"
> fi
> exit 0
> so this should probably get autoconf'ed as well.

It should just need the right environment variables.

> may be in the same
> boat.
> I apologise in advance for not checking with R-devel which I don't have handy
> at home right now...
> Regards, Dirk

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