Re: [Rd] FYI: issue with arpa/inet.h on SunOS 5.9 (old gcc?)

From: Don MacQueen <>
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 08:16:58 -0800

Of course. It was built for Solaris 2.7. (I did look at R-admin, but not carefully and thoroughly enough.)

Thank you.

At 7:33 AM +0000 11/6/07, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
>What OS was that compiler built for? This happened when you had a
>version of gcc built for the wrong version of the OS, as gcc
>captures system headers. (There's a warning about that in the
>R-admin manual.)
>The 'report to' message is autogenerated by autoconf.
>SunStudio 11 is a recent version of Sun's compilers, and much to be
>preferred to gcc 3.0.4 on that platform (and probably to any version
>of gcc there).
>On Mon, 5 Nov 2007, Don MacQueen wrote:
>>This just information of my experience installing R on SunOS 5.9
>>today, not a request for help.
>>(in case anyone cares, and if not, I apologize for the distraction)
>>I am building R 2.6.0 (patched; svn revision 43319, 2007-11-01) and
>>encountered the problem described below.
>>I believe the problem is an old gcc (version 3.0.4, built some 5
>>years ago), because the warnings do not occur when I specify
>> CC = cc
>>in the environment before configuring, and building R succeeds.
>>Hence I'm mailing to r-devel instead of r-bugs, as suggested in the
>>warning messages.
>>I don't have much information about the cc I used (I'm not the
>>sysadmin of this or any Solaris machine), other than it resides in
>>/opt/SUNWspro, and appears to be part of "Sun Studio 11", whatever
>>that is.
>>The messages from R's configure were:
>>configure: WARNING: arpa/inet.h: present but cannot be compiled
>>configure: WARNING: arpa/inet.h: check for missing prerequisite headers?
>>configure: WARNING: arpa/inet.h: see the Autoconf documentation
>>configure: WARNING: arpa/inet.h: section "Present But Cannot Be Compiled"
>>configure: WARNING: arpa/inet.h: proceeding with the preprocessor's result
>>configure: WARNING: arpa/inet.h: in the future, the compiler will
>>take precedence
>>configure: WARNING: ## ----------------------------------- ##
>>configure: WARNING: ## Report this to ##
>>configure: WARNING: ## ----------------------------------- ##
>>And then the same set of warnings for
>> netdb.h
>> netinet/in.h
>> sys/socket.h
>>At the very end configure reports:
>>configure: WARNING: could not determine type of socket length
>>Then, make fails with:
>>In file included from /usr/include/netinet/in.h:41,
>> from /usr/include/netdb.h:98,
>> from ../../../R-patched/src/main/platform.c:1586:
>>/usr/include/sys/stream.h:307: parse error before "projid_t"
>>make[3]: *** [platform.o] Error 1
>>make[3]: Leaving directory `/apps/kosapps/R/R-2.6.0/build/src/main'
>>make[2]: *** [R] Error 2
>>make[2]: Leaving directory `/apps/kosapps/R/R-2.6.0/build/src/main'
>>make[1]: *** [R] Error 1
>>make[1]: Leaving directory `/apps/kosapps/R/R-2.6.0/build/src'
>>make: *** [R] Error 1
>Brian D. Ripley,
>Professor of Applied Statistics,
>University of Oxford, Tel: +44 1865 272861 (self)
>1 South Parks Road, +44 1865 272866 (PA)
>Oxford OX1 3TG, UK Fax: +44 1865 272595

Don MacQueen
Environmental Protection Department
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA, USA

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