Re: [Rd] build 32-bit R on x86_64?

From: Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd_at_debian.org>
Date: Tue, 09 Aug 2011 20:41:23 -0500

On 9 August 2011 at 21:24, Simon Urbanek wrote:
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| On Aug 9, 2011, at 8:12 PM, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
|
| >
| > Hi Vinh,
| >
| > On 9 August 2011 at 16:40, Vinh Nguyen wrote:
| > | Dear R-Devel,
| > |
| > | I'm using Ubuntu on an x86_64 machine and would like to have both the
| > | 32-bit and 64-bit versions of R built from source. By default,
| > | following the usual build procedures yields 64 bit R. Looking at
| > | [these](http://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/R-admin.html#Sub_002darchitectures),
| > | I thought I could build 32-bit R by executing
| > |
| > | r_arch=32 ./configure
| > |
| > | and building R like usual (make). However, after seeing this error message,
| > |
| > | /usr/bin/install: cannot create regular file
| > | `../../include/32/Rconfig.h': No such file or directory
| > |
| > | I realize I am misunderstanding the instructions. Could someone
| > | please clarify how I could go about compiling both 32-bit and 64-bit
| > | versions of R on my Linux machine? Thank you!
| >
| > I do not think that multiarch build (ie 32 and 64 at the same time) are fully supported yet on Ubuntu or Debian. It is coming, but just like a number of other things, not exactly overnight. It is a release goal.
| >
|
| It actually works ;) I'm using it for testing on my RForge.net machine and yes, it's Debian - everything just works there :).
|
| But back to the original question. First a minor detail, don't set environment variables use configure variables instead. Second, don't build in the source directory, always create an object directory. Third, r_arch is simply a name you set for the architecture, it has no meaning other than that it's a label.
|
| So now to the real stuff. If you want 32-bit build, you'll need 32-bit runtime of everything important in your system and the multilib compilers. In Debian (and thus likely in Ubuntu too) that can be achieved by something like
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| sudo apt-get install ia32-libs-dev lib32readline6-dev lib32ncurses5-dev lib32icu-dev gcc-multilib gfortran-multilib

Nice one :)

I had these installed but was always under the impression that we'd lack things like jpeg, png, ... libs. So it all works as R has 'enough batteries' included? Good to know ...
|
| Then you can build both 64-bit and 32-bit R, the difference will be in the all compiler flags -- for 64-bit you'll use -m64 (or nothing since it's the default) and for 32-bit you'll use -m32.
|
| So roughly something like
|
| tar fxz R-2.13.1.tar.gz
| mkdir obj-32
| cd obj-32
| ../R-2.13.1/configure r_arch=i386 CC='gcc -std=gnu99 -m32' CXX='g++ -m32' FC='gfortran -m32' F77='gfortran -m32'
| make -j24 && sudo make install rhome=/usr/local/R/2.13
| cd ..
| mkdir obj-64
| cd obj-64
| ../R-2.13.1/configure r_arch=amd64
| make -j24 && sudo make install rhome=/usr/local/R/2.13
|
| That will leave you with multi-arch R that you can run with
| R --arch=i386 # 32-bit
| R --arch=amd64 # 64-bit
| Packages will be also built as multi-libs. Good luck :)
| [BTW the rhome=... setting is entirely optional, I just like to keep my R versions organized…]

I shall keep that for the day I'll have to start supporting multiarch in all the r-cran-* packages :)

Thanks for waving the cluebat.

Dirk

|
| Cheers,
| Simon
|
|
|
| > In the meantime, you can always use virtualization. I have a Debian 32-bit
| > system and an Ubuntu 32-bit system in KVM virtualization on my Ubuntu 64-bit
| > server. That works well. Kvm, or Xen, or Virtualbox, or Vmware, ... all
| > offer fairly decent virtualization.
| >
| > Debian/Ubuntu specific questions are even more welcome on r-sig-debian.
| >
| > Dirk
| >
| > --
| > Two new Rcpp classes scheduled for New York and San Francisco, details at
| > http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/blog/2011/08/04#rcpp_classes_2011-09_and_2011-10
| >
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| >
|

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