Re: [Rd] [R] RPMs needed to compile R using the tar.gz file

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Fri, 05 Aug 2011 12:13:51 +0100

First off, this was an R-devel question (or maybe an r-sig-fedora one).

It is not at all easy to give a complete answer: the list is very long and changes rapidly as Fedora updates. If you can use yum to install a minimal list and let it get the dependencies the list would be manageable. And the simplest way to get a minimal list would be to look in the spec file for the Fedora SRPM.

But here's a start, from yum -v install R

gcc-c++ (optional for R)

(Fedora uses lots of things like pcre, bzip2 which have copies in R.)

A lot of that is actually documented in the R-admin manual.

On Fri, 5 Aug 2011, Patrick Connolly wrote:

> I don't wish to install R by rpm. I need to know what Fedora rpms I
> need to install to give me the capability to install R using the
> tar.gz source file as I've done for years.
> On previous occasions when I've installed Fedora, I've used the DVD
> which has thousands of RPMs. Lately I've installed Fedora 15 from the
> Live CD which has a lot fewer and so a lot of necessary stuff is not
> installed yet.
> I've done the same not long ago with Kubuntu which required me to
> install about 20 debs before I could compile R. If I had access to
> that installation, I could probably work out what the corresponding
> rpms are. But I figured some clever person will have a list of the
> necessary rpms somewhere already. Or even a smarter search string
> than I can think of would be appreciated.
> There's a lot of information about installing R from an rpm but that's
> not what I wish to do.
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