Re: [R] R Compilation error on Ubuntu

From: Takatsugu Kobayashi <>
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2007 13:52:11 -0500


I bought a new laptop HP dv9500 just a week ago and installed a Ubuntu gutsy ribbon on this laptop. I wanted to install Fedora but there are more threads on Ubuntu, so I decided to install Ubuntu. After hours of struggle in configuring x server/graphic card stuff, I installed R for Gutsy ribbon using "sudo apt-get install g77 r-core'.

Now when I tried to install 'sp' package I got this error message:

Warning in install.packages("sp") : argument 'lib' is missing: using '/usr/local/lib/R/site-library'
--- Please select a CRAN mirror for use in this session --- Loading Tcl/Tk interface ... done
trying URL '' Content type 'application/x-gzip' length 359194 bytes opened URL

downloaded 350Kb

The downloaded packages are in

        /tmp/RtmpfOk3H7/downloaded_packages Warning message:
installation of package 'sp' had non-zero exit status in: install.packages("sp")

Then, I removed this gutsy ribbon version of R and attempted to install fresh R-2.6.1.tar.gz. When I tried to build it, I got this error message:

configure: error: --with-readline=yes (default) and headers/libs are not available

I installed xserver-xorg-dev ok.

I am using Fedora 6 on my desktop and have never seen these above error messages. Should I install a Fedora and R on it? Or should I just create a link using 'ln -s'?

I appreciate your help.

Have a festive holiday!

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