[Rd] Help understanding LAPACK symbol resolution

From: Martin Morgan <mtmorgan_at_fhcrc.org>
Date: Sun, 13 May 2007 12:24:26 -0700

R developers,

I am trying to understand how symbols are resolved, so that I can configure a package that I contributed to, and so that I can provide guidance to (linux / OSX) users of the package. To be concrete, my package uses the LAPACK Fortran symbol zsysv. This is not in libRlapack, but is defined on my system in the library /usr/lib64/liblapack.so.

I guess that most of my package users will have an R built without special attention to their lapack library, so will start with something like

mtmorgan_at_gopher4:~> R CMD config LAPACK_LIBS -L/home/mtmorgan/arch/x86_64/R-devel/lib -lRlapack

My R is built with --enable-R-shlib, so predictably enough

R CMD INSTALL --clean <pkg>

is 'successful' (zsysv_ is marked as unresolved in the <pkg>.so, but this doesn't stop compiling and linking). Also predictably enough, loading the package in R indicates 'undefined symbol: zsysv_'. Inside R, LD_LIBRARY_PATH starts with he R_HOME/lib, and includes /usr/lib64, so I surmise that the libraries defined at compile / link are the ones where symbols are searched (rather than all libraries in LD_LIBRARY_PATH). To allow the user to provide a specific LAPACK, I added lines to a configure.in file that allow for a --with-lapack

LAPACK_LIBS=`"${R_HOME}/bin/R" CMD config LAPACK_LIBS` AC_ARG_WITH([lapack],

		[LAPACK library location with complex routines]),

added a check to see that zsysv_ is actually available


        AC_MSG_ERROR([lapack needs zsysv_ in ${LAPACK_LIBS}]))

and substituted LAPACK_LIBS into a Makevars.in file


PKG_LIBS=@LAPACK_LIBS@ I then install my package with

R CMD INSTALL --clean --configure-args=--with-lapack=-llapack <pkg>

or more generally

R CMD INSTALL --clean \

   --configure-args="--with-lapack='-L/usr/lib64 -llapack'" <pkg>

This 'works', in the sense that the package compiles, loads, and apparently runs as expected. I'm concerned though about how lapack is being found, and how symbols are actually being resolved.

When I

mtmorgan_at_gopehr4:~> ldd <pkg>.so

I see an entry

        liblapack.so.3 => /usr/lib64/liblapack.so.3 (0x00002b0928a1c000)

and I do NOT see an entry pointing to libRlapack .Am I right in interpreting this to mean:

Thanks for any reassurance or corrective guidance.


Martin Morgan
Bioconductor / Computational Biology

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