[R] R linux install: FORTRAN compiling error

From: R P Herrold <herrold_at_owlriver.com>
Date: Thu, 03 Jun 2010 13:59:03 -0400 (EDT)

On Thu, 3 Jun 2010, vaneet wrote:

> Is there any way I can get an RPM that has all the necessary packages built
> in to install and run R? Or do I have to find all these packages that are
> needed to install these 'R' rpms for which many are not found on the
> FedoraProject website (libgfortran, gcc-fortran....). Also which 'R' rpm
> would I use to simply run R on the linux machine, would it be R-core?

This is really a usage issue of Fedora and its package dependency solving and retrieval tool 'yum' and of the author's unfamiliarity with the tools

> error: Failed dependencies:
> R-core = 2.11.0-1.el5 is needed by R-devel-2.11.0-1.el5.x86_64
> bzip2-devel is needed by R-devel-2.11.0-1.el5.x86_64
> gcc-gfortran is needed by R-devel-2.11.0-1.el5.x86_64
> libX11-devel is needed by R-devel-2.11.0-1.el5.x86_64
> pcre-devel is needed by R-devel-2.11.0-1.el5.x86_64
> pkgconfig is needed by R-devel-2.11.0-1.el5.x86_64
> tcl-devel is needed by R-devel-2.11.0-1.el5.x86_64
> tetex-latex is needed by R-devel-2.11.0-1.el5.x86_64
> tk-devel is needed by R-devel-2.11.0-1.el5.x86_64

All of these except 'R-core' are present to a base Fedora or RHEL system through use of that 'yum' tool (which is somewhat like 'apt-get' for those from a Debian background; the R-core pachage is almost certainly adjacent to the R package you are trying to install

The suggestions of others about ancient versions and so forth are speculation, and not accurate, and acting to take 'curative steps' upon such speculation will almost certainly damage the integrity of a RHEL installation

I build, and 'spot' of Red Hat build R packages that install without issue on Fedora, and for me, for CentOS [a community rebuild of RHEL] While I have not had occasion to build the latest release over the weekend, I am certain I shall without a need for the invasive changes noted

There is a support list for just this in the R list heirarchy, to which such questons might properly be taken

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