Re: [R] Compatability with Tiger OS X 10.4

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Tue 19 Apr 2005 - 15:43:16 EST

No one _can_ know. Mac OS 10.4 is unreleased, and things can easily break before release.

It is working on pre-releases. One problem is that Mac OS 10.4 (don't think you need two tens) will use gcc 4.0.0, which is also unreleased and its release candidates have problems compiling R (see the R-admin manual for R 2.1.0), including on Mac OS 10.4: there are also questions about how `properly' it runs R. The biggest problem we found in gcc 4.0.0 has been fixed within the last week, and it is unclear if this fix will make Mac OS 10.4.

The R Mac OS X maintainers are working hard (thank you Stefano and Simon) on this and I expect them to succeed, but quite possibly by using patched tools or non-standard options (such as using a static Fortran runtime).

Watch this space (or R-sig-mac if it needs to be technical).

On Mon, 18 Apr 2005, Hemant Ishwaran wrote:

> Does anyone know if R will install and run properly on the
> soon to be released Tiger operating system (Mac OS X 10.4)?
> There must be several Mac users out there (like myself) who
> will be considering the upgrade.

Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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Oxford OX1 3TG, UK                Fax:  +44 1865 272595

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