Re: R-beta: Problem with help

Hubert Palme (
Wed, 24 Jun 1998 10:20:14 +0200 (MDT)

Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 10:20:14 +0200 (MDT)
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From: (Hubert Palme)
To: mgass <>
Subject: Re: R-beta: Problem with help
In-Reply-To: <>

 > I am new to R.  Just installed it on an SGI running IRIX5.3.  The install
 > seemed to go fine.  Some basic commands worked as did the demo().  However,
 > I get the following when trying to run help at the command line in R.
 > > help()
 > Error in gsub(pattern, replacement, x,, extended) : POSIX regular expressions not available
 > > 
 > My best guess is that configure was unable to find regcomp.  Is that
 > the problem?  If so, what is it and how do I fix it.  Other
 > suggestions?

I solved the problem by installing the GNU regulrar expression library
'rx'. I'll forward my last message about it I posted to r-devel.

(Note: it was about 0.61.1. May be, things have changed!)

May be this helps...

Hubert Palme         Bergische Universitaet-Gesamthochschule Wuppertal
                                      Computing  Center
                                      D-42097 Wuppertal
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