Re: [R] problems when installing R in Fedora core 4

From: Jonathan Baron <>
Date: Thu 18 Aug 2005 - 23:56:15 EST

On 08/18/05 09:31, Peter Yang wrote:
> Hi, I got a problem when installing R in Fedora core 4. When I ran
> .configure, it gave the following error message:
> configure: error: --with-x=yes (default) and X11 headers/libs are not available
> Could anyone tell me what's wrong? Am I missing some package in Fedora?

Yes, probably xorg-x11-devel, so do
yum install xorg-x11-devel
and you will probably get rid of THAT error message.

I'm treading into deeper water in what follows, but installation depends on several other packages as well. I discovered most of these by looking at the error messages and then finding what rpm provided the files needed. I did this either with rpm -q --whatprovides [the missing file] on some other installation that happened to work, or by searching

Whether you have the needed files already depends on what kind of installation you did. Some of the packages are "devel" and others are "compat". Here is my list of "compat" rpms that I have installed, and I think I installed all of these just to get R to build:


My hunch is that I still do not have the optimal installation, but it is possible that the newest versions of gcc have solved some of the problems with the ones that originally came with FC4. I've seen some discussion suggesting that the way to go is to use an older version of gcc, but I did not search for it just now.


Jonathan Baron, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
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