Re: [Rd] (PR#9691) 'Bug'#424696: R CMD INSTALL -l <path> does not

From: Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd_at_debian.org>
Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 14:37:37 -0500

(Added Debian BTS address for this bug report back on CCs --edd)

Brian,

Thanks for not letting this fall off the wagon.

On 23 May 2007 at 21:08, ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk wrote:
| I looked for evidence that this is supposed to happen, as it was news to
| me that it did on some versions of R. Possible sources of documentation
| seem to be
|
| R CMD INSTALL --help
| ?INSTALL
| R-intro.texi, R-exts.texi, R-admin.texi
|
| none of which mention this AFAICS, and all seem to be written assuming an
| existing library tree.
|
| DId you find something to suggest otherwise? Clearly no alpha/beta
| tester expected this to work.

It was news to me too. Personally, in the (common) code used for building all r-cran-* packages, I do create directories explicitly ... simply because I have to do that for all other Debian packages too. We even have dh_installdirs for that...

Maybe GNU install is different, I do not know.

| I am not at all sure this would be desirable. It seems that specifying a
| non-existent library tree would most likely be a typing error, and
| silently creating it would lead to some puzzling errors. (In fact, I now
| suspect that this has happened to me in the past.)
|
| I've added some much more specific error messages.

Ok. For Debian, I will close this now as you demonstrated (and Thanks! for that) that it is/was not documented behaviour. So I see no bug either.  

| On Wed, 16 May 2007, edd@debian.org wrote:
|
| >
| > Soeren,
| >
| > On 16 May 2007 at 23:00, Soeren Sonnenburg wrote:
| > | Package: r-base-core
| > | Version: 2.5.1~20070513-1 [ aka R-patched as of 20070513 ]
| > | Severity: important
| > |
| > | R CMD INSTALL -l /path/to/lib
| > |
| > | no longer creates /path/to/lib but assumes it does already exist. This
| > | is a change in behaviour as it has worked with R 2.4.X
|
| Yes, but changes in undocumented behaviour are allowed, especially if no
| one knows about them.

I agree with this.

Best, Dirk

|
| > Let me pass that on to R Bugs then as it is in no way related to any Debian
| > changes.
| >
| > Thanks, Dirk
| >
| >
| > | looking at /usr/lib/R/bin/INSTALL, the problem seems to be in the block starting at line 298:
| > |
| > |
| > |
| > | lib=`tilde_expand "${lib}"`
| > | if test -z "${lib}"; then
| > | lib=`echo "cat('\n~~~', .libPaths()[1], '\n', sep = '')" | \
| > | R_DEFAULT_PACKAGES=NULL "${R_EXE}" --no-save --slave | \
| > | grep '^~~~' | sed 's/.*~~~//'`
| > | message "Installing to library '$lib'"
| > | else
| > | lib0=${lib}
| > | cd ${lib} <-------------- PROBLEM directory must not exist (call MKDIR_P before ?)
| > | lib=`${GETWD}`
| > | cd ${startdir}
| > | fi
| > |
| > |
| > | -- System Information:
| > | Debian Release: lenny/sid
| > | APT prefers stable
| > | APT policy: (700, 'stable'), (650, 'testing'), (600, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
| > | Architecture: i386 (i686)
| > |
| > | Kernel: Linux 2.6.21.1-sonne (SMP w/2 CPU cores; PREEMPT)
| > | Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
| > | Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
| > |
| > | Versions of packages r-base-core depends on:
| > | ii atlas3-base [libblas.so.3 3.6.0-20.6 Automatically Tuned Linear Algebra
| > | ii atlas3-sse2 [libblas.so.3 3.6.0-20.6 Automatically Tuned Linear Algebra
| > | ii libbz2-1.0 1.0.3-6 high-quality block-sorting file co
| > | ii libc6 2.5-7 GNU C Library: Shared libraries
| > | ii libgfortran1 4.1.2-7 Runtime library for GNU Fortran ap
| > | ii libice6 1:1.0.3-2 X11 Inter-Client Exchange library
| > | ii libjpeg62 6b-13 The Independent JPEG Group's JPEG
| > | ii libpaper-utils 1.1.21 Library for handling paper charact
| > | ii libpcre3 6.7-1 Perl 5 Compatible Regular Expressi
| > | ii libpng12-0 1.2.15~beta5-1 PNG library - runtime
| > | ii libreadline5 5.2-2 GNU readline and history libraries
| > | ii libsm6 2:1.0.3-1 X11 Session Management library
| > | ii libx11-6 2:1.0.3-7 X11 client-side library
| > | ii libxt6 1:1.0.5-2 X11 toolkit intrinsics library
| > | ii perl 5.8.8-7 Larry Wall's Practical Extraction
| > | ii refblas3 [libblas.so.3] 1.2-8 Basic Linear Algebra Subroutines 3
| > | ii tcl8.4 8.4.12-1.1 Tcl (the Tool Command Language) v8
| > | ii tk8.4 8.4.12-1 Tk toolkit for Tcl and X11, v8.4 -
| > | ii unzip 5.52-9 De-archiver for .zip files
| > | ii zip 2.32-1 Archiver for .zip files
| > | ii zlib1g 1:1.2.3-14 compression library - runtime
| > |
| > | Versions of packages r-base-core recommends:
| > | ii r-base-dev 2.5.1~20070513-1 GNU R installation of auxiliary GN
| > | ii r-recommended 2.5.1~20070513-1 GNU R collection of recommended pa
| > |
| > | -- no debconf information
| > |
| >
| >
|
| --
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