Re: [R] Problems with installing the rgl package on Linux

From: Paul Smith <>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 10:39:50 +0000

On Sat, Mar 8, 2008 at 5:33 PM, George N. White III <> wrote:
> > I am trying to install the rgl package on R 2.6.1 running on Fedora 8
> > (Linux), but I am experiencing the following problems:
> >
> > -----------------------------------------
> > configure: error: X11 not found but required, configure aborted.
> > ERROR: configuration failed for package 'rgl'
> > ** Removing '/usr/lib/R/library/rgl'
> > -----------------------------------------
> >
> > Any ideas?
> It worked for me (R-2.6.2 from the CRAN packages). Such problems are
> generally due to missing '-devel' packages. Unfortunately, figuring out
> which package is missing can be problematic. If you have fast internet and
> ample disk, look at the "Package Manager" + "Browse" + "Development" for
> missing entries in "Development Libraries" and "X Software Development".
> On my system, 32 of 34 packages (all but libcurl and libusb) under
> "Development Libraries" and 41 of 46 packages under "X .." (all but
> icon-*, libXp, xorg-X11-server, xorg-X11-xbitmaps) have been installed.
> If you need to be economical about installing additional packages,
> you will need to extract the sources for rgl, built it manually,
> figure out what was missing (usually a .h file), figure out which
> library contains the missing file, install, and repeat. It would
> be useful to have a R-devdeps rpm that simply contains a list of
> dependencies on commonly required -devel packages, but of course there
> will still be problems with packages that use uncommonly required
> libs.

Thanks, George and Tim. The following command installed the missing packages:

yum groupinstall "X Software Development"

Afterwards, I could install the rlg package, without further trouble.

Paul mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code. Received on Mon 10 Mar 2008 - 10:46:09 GMT

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