Re: [Rd] Configure error when compiling on "sh" architecture

From: Peter Dalgaard <>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2008 00:21:32 +0200

Tom "spot" Callaway wrote:
> Amusingly enough, the SuperH (or sh for short) architecture isn't one
> of the many I have handy, but someone seems to be porting Fedora to
> that arch. They filed a bug against R, which isn't really an R bug,
> but is more an inherited bug from autoconf. Specifically, the R
> configure script invokes gcc(gfortran) which then passes "-little" to
> gas when compiling for backward compatibility. This fails on sh, and
> they proposed that it be added to the list of "flags to ignore" in
> configure.
> See:
> I've attached the same patch that is in 464055 to this email.
> Hopefully, at some point before the sun explodes, that fix will end
> up in autoconf, and upstreams will pick it up when they run the fixed
> autoconf on their tree.

Right. Until then, I think it needs to be fixed downstreams.

We can't fix configure upstreams because it gets rebuilt by autoconf all the time during our build procedures.

I suppose that we _could_ override /usr/share/auto conf/autoconf/fortran.m4 with a file of our own, but it sounds like Bad Luck...

Anyways, as you probably know, we're deep in code freeze for 2.8.0 on Monday.


> Thanks,
> ~tom
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