Re: [R] Unable to compile R-2.1.0

From: Rainer Hurling <>
Date: Wed 08 Jun 2005 - 02:21:48 EST

Prof Brian Ripley wrote:

> This has been reported to R-bugs twice already (and also on the lists): 
> it seems autoconf and FreeBSD are making different assumptions.
> If you look in today's R-devel archive you will see the requests for 
> information I set on the second report.
> It seems no one using FreeBSD ever tested the alphas or betas of R 2.1.0.

In the last years there were no serious problems with R on FreeBSD. So most of us FreeBSD users never had to test alphas and betas :-)

But you are right, we should test them from now on, thank you for this advice.

On Mon, 6 Jun 2005 wrote:
>> I downloaded the latest R-2.1.0 tarball from cran (the one of 18/4/05) to
>> compile it under FreeBSD. Take into account that I compiled R-2.0.1 in
>> the
>> same machine and OS like a charme, flawlessly and at the very fiirst
>> shot.
>> Now with R-2.1.0, ./configure doesn't seem to say anything alarming but
>> make stops. Here an extract of both ./configure and make:
>> # ./configure
>> ..................................
>> R is now configured for i386-unknown-freebsd5.4
>> Source directory: .
>> Installation directory: /usr/local
>> C compiler: gcc -D__NO_MATH_INLINES -g -O2
>> C++ compiler: g++ -g -O2
>> Fortran compiler: f77 -g -O2
>> Interfaces supported: X11, tcltk
>> External libraries: readline, BLAS(ATLAS)
>> Additional capabilities: PNG, JPEG, iconv, MBCS, NLS
>> Options enabled: R profiling
>> Recommended packages: yes
>> configure: WARNING: you cannot build info or html versions of the R
>> manuals

The last problem, reported by the configure script, has a solution: To build the html and info versions of the R manuals you need at least Makeinfo 4.7. In FreeBSD6-CURRENT there had been an update a few days ago from Makeinfo 4.6 to 4.8. For other versions of FreeBSD (including 5.4) you can install a new version via the ports system (print/texinfo).

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