[R] Trouble compiling XML package

From: Wiener, Matthew <matthew_wiener_at_merck.com>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2007 13:53:38 -0400

Dear Prof. Lang -

I am trying to install the XML library on a 64-bit SUSE linux system (version info below) running 2.4.1.

I have gcc version 3.3.3, and libxml2 version 2.6.7. I know this is not current, but I'm on a machine used and administered by others, and updating libxml2 would require updating libc, and things get pretty complicated from there.

Trying to install through R (1.9-0), I eventually get the error: XMLTree.c: In function `xmlBufferWrite': XMLTree.c:729: error: void value not ignored as it ought to be make: *** [XMLTree.o] Error 1

I manually downloaded version 1.8-0 and got the same problem. I took a look at that part of the code, but do not understand enough to start tinkering with it. I was able to install an earlier version a couple of years ago, and it was extremely useful (thanks!) but the relevant machine has been decommissioned.

Can you make any suggestions about which component of my system this might indicate needs to be changed? I checked the mailing list archives, but didn't find anything. I'm hoping there's an alternative to changing libxml2, with all the cascading requirements that would bring (and no guarantee, with what I know now, that that's the problem).


Matt Wiener

> version

platform       x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
arch           x86_64
os             linux-gnu
system         x86_64, linux-gnu
major          2
minor          4.1
year           2006
month          12
day            18
svn rev        40228
language       R

version.string R version 2.4.1 (2006-12-18)

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