[Rd] Some compiling problems

From: jing hua zhao <jinghuazhao_at_hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2008 11:25:51 +0000

Dear R experts,  

I had some difficulties to build R on Linux (cross-build) and Windows (via Rtools) and hope it is appropriate to post for help,  

Our system has gcc 3.4.6 on RedHat Linux x86_64. With the help of Makefile-rcb by Yan and Rossini (setting BUILD=CROSS, R_EXE, F77 and FLIBS to g77 and g2c) I was able to build R 2.7.0 but most of the executables failed to initialise under Windows XP or Vista. After manually zip on Linux and unzip under Windows, all executables work. There appears to be problems with the compression?  

Earlier I kept Excel files in inst/doc but would corrupt in Windows packages from cross-build. Maybe it is a bad practice to have those anyway?  

I was able to build R 2.5.1 myself under Windows and with R 2.7.0 this is much simpler and led to the point of success but is still stuck with 'make distribution' since bitmap directory does not have a proper Makefile as before. I do notice they are available from Cross-build or it is possible to build outside R framework via Cygwin.  

Many thanks for your help,    

Jing Hua    

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