Re: [R] Installing rgdal in R: correct -configure flags for GDAL install on Linux Redhat

From: Andrew Robinson <>
Date: Fri, 06 May 2011 12:16:22 +1000

Hi Katrina,

the error message below is actually pretty explicit. Have you installed the PROJ.4 library? If not, then you need to install it. When I had to do this I think that I used macports:

sudo port install proj

Then you need to tell configure where to find it, using the protocol suggested below.

I hope that this helps.


On Thu, May 05, 2011 at 05:23:56PM -0800, Katrina Bennett wrote:
> Hi, I'm installing rgdal but I keep having failures because I have not been
> able to find a good source of information for the correct configuration
> settings when installing GDAL.
> My error from the R install.packages("rgdal") is below.
> Can someone point me to a good source to tell me how to set after
> ./configure when installing GDAL?
> I'd like to be able to work with raster images, geotiffs, netCDF files, and
> other raster-based image processing in R.
> Right now I'm running ./configure for GDAL as follows:
> ./configure --prefix=$HOME/local/gdal/gdal-1.8.0 --with
> jasper=$HOME/local/jasper/jasper-1.900.1.uuid/src/libjasper
> Any insight would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
> Error output from R:
> * installing *source* package 'rgdal' ...
> gdal-config: gdal-config
> checking for gcc... gcc -std=gnu99
> checking for C compiler default output file name... a.out
> checking whether the C compiler works... yes
> checking whether we are cross compiling... no
> checking for suffix of executables...
> checking for suffix of object files... o
> checking whether we are using the GNU C compiler... yes
> checking whether gcc -std=gnu99 accepts -g... yes
> checking for gcc -std=gnu99 option to accept ANSI C... none needed
> checking how to run the C preprocessor... gcc -std=gnu99 -E
> checking for egrep... grep -E
> checking for ANSI C header files... yes
> checking for sys/types.h... yes
> checking for sys/stat.h... yes
> checking for stdlib.h... yes
> checking for string.h... yes
> checking for memory.h... yes
> checking for strings.h... yes
> checking for inttypes.h... yes
> checking for stdint.h... yes
> checking for unistd.h... yes
> checking proj_api.h usability... no
> checking proj_api.h presence... no
> checking for proj_api.h... no
> Error: proj_api.h not found.
> If the PROJ.4 library is installed in a non-standard location,
> use --configure-args='--with-proj-
> include=/opt/local/include'
> for example, replacing /opt/local/* with appropriate values
> for your installation. If PROJ.4 is not installed, install it.
> ERROR: configuration failed for package 'rgdal'
> * removing
> '/import/home/u1/uaf/kbennett/R/x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu-library/2.11/rgdal'
> --
> Katrina E. Bennett
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