[Rd] Does R use "computed gotos" - a gcc extension of C?

From: Dr. David Kirkby <david.kirkby_at_onetel.net>
Date: Fri, 04 Mar 2011 23:18:15 +0000

The R manual says R will not build with gcc on 64-bit Solaris x86 with gcc


"Tests with gcc32 on ‘x86’ and ‘amd64’ have been less successful: ‘x86’ builds have failed on tests using complex arithmetic33, whereas on ‘amd64’ the builds have failed to complete in several different ways, most recently with relocation errors for libRblas.so. "

I know what the "relocation errors" problem is. That library (and in fact two other R libraries) all have non-PIC code in them, despite the fact the source is compiled with the -fPIC option.


shows how to prove this. If one runs this command on Solaris:

$ elfdump -d libRblas.so | fgrep TEXTREL

there is some output showing that theres non-PIC code present in the R library.

R is compiled with -fPIC on Solaris, but certain things can cause non-PIC code to be generated even with that option. One is by the use of "computed gotos" which is a gcc extension. I'm wondering if R uses any of these.

I'd love to track down this problem, so R can build with gcc. R is used in the Sage maths project


and R is the only component of Sage which will not build with gcc on 64-bit Solaris x86. Many components will not build with Sun Studio, but this R issue means we need to have two compilers, not just one.

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