[R] How to installation of R on Unix (SunOs 5.8)

From: Biao Xing <xing.biao_at_gene.com>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2007 16:43:04 -0700


Hi there:
Can someone help me with installing R on Unix? I tried the followings, but failed:
(1) I downloaded


http://cran.cnr.berkeley.edu/bin/linux/debian/stable/r-base_2.5.0.orig.tar.g z and unzipped the file.
(2) I issued "./config" command, which ended up with a long log file. I
attached below the last few lines. If anyone needs the full log, I can send it over.

checking if libtool supports shared libraries... yes checking whether to build shared libraries... yes checking whether to build static libraries... no

checking for g77 option to produce PIC... -fPIC
checking if g77 PIC flag -fPIC works... yes
checking if g77 supports -c -o file.o... yes
checking whether the g77 linker (/usr/ccs/bin/ld) supports shared libraries... yes
checking dynamic linker characteristics... solaris2.8 ld.so checking how to hardcode library paths into programs... immediate checking whether stripping libraries is possible... no checking for cos in -lm... yes
checking for sin in -lm... yes
checking for dlopen in -ldl... yes
checking readline/history.h usability... no checking readline/history.h presence... no checking for readline/history.h... no
checking readline/readline.h usability... no checking readline/readline.h presence... no checking for readline/readline.h... no
checking for rl_callback_read_char in -lreadline... no checking for main in -lncurses... no
checking for main in -ltermcap... yes
checking for rl_callback_read_char in -lreadline... no checking for history_truncate_file... no configure: error: --with-readline=yes (default) and headers/libs are not available

(3) I issued "make" command, then the message I got was:
"make: Fatal error: No arguments to build"

The Unix system that I use is SunOS 5.8. I wanted to install R on my home directory, not a system wide installation.

There seem to be a lot of Q&A messages posted on the list regarding how to install R on Unix. But I didn't get a clue from reading them. Can someone provide a summary for a 'Unix dummy'?

Biao



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