Re: [Rd] Unable to build with working iconv support on Solaris9/x86

From: Lucas Barbuto <>
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 17:28:49 +1000

Hi Brian,

Thanks for the advice, but I'm still confused!

On 17/07/2007, at 4:04 PM, Professor Brian Ripley wrote:
> Note that as the R-admin says, you need to use a better iconv than
> that supplied with most commercial Unices, including Solaris.

Yes, I read that and installed libiconv-1.11 locally before trying to build R.

> - as a preload plugin
> - by installing it with the libiconv prefix, and ensuring its iconv.h
> is first in your path.

I've read a number of articles explaining why LD_PRELOAD is considered harmful and should be avoided. I'm trying to be a good systems administrator and do things the "right" way. As I understand it RPATH (-R/somelocation argument to the linker) should take care of this problem (but clearly it doesn't in this case).

When you say libiconv prefix, you're referring to '--with-libiconv- prefix=/somelocation' correct? And what do you mean by "ensuring iconv.h is first in your path"? If I provide CFLAGS="-I/ somelocation" that should be searched first for headers before the default system locations as I understand? But surely once the binary is built, the headers order doesn't matter?

> If you have two libraries with the same entry point (iconv here)
> which one gets resolved to is pretty arcane. Hence the need for
> a prefix.

Doesn't the output of 'ldd -s bin/exec/R' show the order in which locations are searched for DSOs and confirm that /usr/local/apps/ libiconv-1.11/lib/ is found first and used?

You are correct though, 'LD_PRELOAD=/usr/local/apps/libiconv-1.11/lib/ make check' passes all tests up to d-p-q-r, whereas it would usually fail on the first.


Lucas Barbuto                          E:
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The University of Melbourne 

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