Re: [R] Problem configuring R-patched

From: Kevin E. Thorpe <>
Date: Fri 05 Aug 2005 - 08:05:19 EST

Gavin Simpson wrote:
> On Thu, 2005-08-04 at 14:57 -0400, Kevin E. Thorpe wrote:

>>I downloaded R-patched (2005-08-04) from CRAN today.
>>I ran ./configure --enable-R-shlib
>>I received the error message:
>>checking for recommended packages... no
>>configure: error: Some of the recommended packages are missing
>>   Use --without-recommended-packages if this was intentional

> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> So was this intentional?

No, it wasn't.


>>I built a previous version of R-patched successfully on my system
>>which is running the SuSE 9,2 Pro Linux distribution.  I untarred the
>>tar ball into the same directory I did my last build on in case that's
>>The only other differences between this attempt and my successful build
>>1. I did not use --enable-R-shlib last time.
>>2. I found and installed the blas libraries for this build.
>>Have I messed up or made an erroneous assumption along the way?

> Yes and No. You obviously haven't compiled R recently. If you haven't
> got the recommended packages in the source you are compiling, configure
> now gives an error, which quite clearly states (and you've quoted it in
> your email!) that it cannot find (some of) the recommended packages.

Actually, I compiled it about a week ago. Here is my current version.

 > version

platform i686-pc-linux-gnu

arch     i686
os       linux-gnu

system i686, linux-gnu
status Patched
major 2
minor 1.1
year 2005
month 07
day 28
language R

When I compiled that version, I did my "tar xzf" to a clean directory and did not receive that error.

> A solution - again given by the error message you quote! - is:
> ./configure --enable-R-shlib --without-recommended-packages
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> That should clear things up.

I realise that would clear it up. I was puzzled why I got this message in the first place, given I didn't get it last week.

> Other wise you need to cd to the R directory (where you have the source
> code), and then execute ./tools/rsync-recommended and then run your
> configure command.
> G

Thanks for the rsync tip.

Kevin E. Thorpe
Biostatistician/Trialist, Knowledge Translation Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
email:  Tel: 416.946.8081  Fax: 416.971.2462

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