Re: [R] linux compile options (64-bit)

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Tue 02 Aug 2005 - 16:34:39 EST

We find it equally strange that you posted this!

The advice _is_ in the R-admin manual which the INSTALL file asks you to read if you have any questions. It covers using enhanced BLAS libraries.

R builds out of the box on FC3, FC4 and Suse on AMD64. I use Goto's BLAS, but ATLAS can be used (except that building a shared version is tricky).

Quite a few packages have been written in ways that stop them building on 64-bit platforms (and the maintainers have been informed but not fixed them).

On Mon, 1 Aug 2005, Jacob Michaelson wrote:

> Sorry--sent this before I added a subject line...
> Begin forwarded message:
>> From: Jacob Michaelson <>
>> Date: August 1, 2005 8:51:58 PM MDT
>> To:
>> I've been using R for a while under Mac OS X, which thanks to the R
>> on OS X developers, is probably the best platform for learning R.
>> I recently built a Linux box with a Pentium D processor, and am
>> running an AMD64 port of Ubuntu with the SMP kernel.
>> After setting up the basics on the box, I thought I'd install R as
>> well. I've had a very hard time finding good documentation on some
>> configure flags/options for compiling a 64-bit version of R on
>> Linux. I thought this was very strange, considering Linux is
>> apparently the R developer's platform of choice.
>> Can anyone point me to some good build instructions for 64-bit R
>> under Linux? Should I compile it against any additional libraries
>> for better performance?

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