[Rd] New package test results available

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2009 07:22:49 +0000 (GMT)

We've added a column at


of test results using the Sun Studio compiler: it is intended that these will be updated weekly.

The Sun Studio compiler is that used on Solaris: these runs were on the Linux version. All the other platforms are using gcc 4, so this provides an opportunity for checking for use of gcc-specific features and also standards conformance (the Sun compilers have a long-time reputation for close conformance to the language standards).

There are known problems where packages use C++ or JNI interfaces (e.g. rgdal and EBImage) as the libraries and JVM were compiled under gcc's conventions (even though a Sun JVMi is used). About half the packages using rJava segfault, which seems to a JNI issue.

Some packages use gcc-specific compiler flags:

   LogConcDEAD Matching amap geometry memisc taskPR

but the vast majority of the errors reported are C++ errors. One class that may not be immediately obvious is the use of C headers in C++: you are supposed to write e.g.

#includd <cmath>

#include <math.h>

Symptoms of this can be seen for packages

   BayesTree EMCC MCMCfglmm MarkedPointProcess Matching Matrix    RQuantlib RandomFields Rcpp SoPhy compHclust dpmix igraph minet    mixer modeest monomvm multic pcaPP rgenoud robfilter segclust    simecol subselect

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk
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