[Rd] compiler usage after successful UNIX build

From: Louisell, Paul <ploua_at_allstate.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 13:20:42 -0700


I believe my question is pretty simple, but I'd like to give you brief background first:

I work at a company with UNIX installed on a sparc-sun-solaris platform; the OS version is SunOS 5.9. Several of us who work here have been advocating for the installation of R on this server. The IT security group at my company prefers not to install the gcc compilers on our UNIX production servers; they're okay doing this in a test environment.

My question: After a successful build, is there anytime that R might call the compiler? My (limited) understanding was that once the binaries are created, the compiler is not used unless you're doing another build, e.g., compiling source code for a package. Does R ever compile routines during execution? Does it depend on how the installation was done?

Thanks for your help with this.

Paul Louisell

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