Subject: R-0.64.2 on AIX
From: Nicolas Brouard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon 19 Jul 1999 - 19:47:21 EST
I am new on your list...
S language source code again available and in the Public Domain was a great
hope for me.
I remember that parts of S code was written in Ratfor. Now there are still
Fortran routines. Would they stay as is? I have nothing against Fortran but
it adds another compiler which is not as available as C and which exists on
too various forms (g77, f2c at least). For example my g77 (2.7) compiler on
AIX 4.1 did not know what a "save" was.
I haven't found an history of the different sources which builds the actual
R. But looking at the sources themself gives you an idea. A former question
on this list asked for a easy access to the archives, so is there a Web
access to the archives?
I built 0.64.2 on Linux (4.1) without any difficulty (most of you work on
Linux I presume).
On AIX, ./configure used gcc and g77 and I got a working R executable
without too much difficulties.
I just received a first email from your list where
the IEEE standard of AIX was discussed; thus I presumed that my executable
is not working so well.
I am not sure to have the time necessary to compile 0.65 and to be "with
you" but at least I will look at your mailing list and give you information
on AIX if I can.
Thanks for your work. It is a big work.
When I was teaching Mathematical Demography in the Department of Statistics
of ANU for one semester in 1993 I was surprised by the overall S knowledge
of the students. Most of my exams where easily solved with S (Demography
uses a lot of data). Back to France I couldn't go as far with the students
who only had Excel. Now with the availability of R (on Windows mainly) I
will try to use it with my French students.
-- Nicolas Brouard Institut national d'études démographiques Paris mailto:email@example.com http://sauvy.ined.fr/~brouard
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