Re: [Rd] some fixes for R 2.01.1 on OpenSolaris using Sun Studio compilers

From: Jens Elkner <jel+r_at_cs.uni-magdeburg.de>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 22:16:13 +0100

On Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 11:53:32AM -0400, Kostas Oikonomou wrote: Hi,   

> I recently built a 64-bit R 2.10.1 on OpenSolaris using the
> Sun Studio 12.1 compilers. I would like to contribute the
> following notes, to update the OpenSolaris installation
> instructions.
  

First:
Since no patches are listed, check the results of the Eigen* tests: I assume, that at least one fails ...

> ================================================
>
> 0. GNU libiconv

Well, that's a matter of taste. I prefer SUN's libiconv.

> and GNU gettext are assumed to be in /opt/lib.

There is no need to clutter the system with another one ...   

> 2. Edit R's configure in *three* places to add the 2nd
> ${CFLAGS} below:

If one needs to change stuff in configure, one should make the change in the configure.ac or m4/*m4 file and autoreconf ... Hacking the configure script itself is a bad idea and often has un-intended side effects ... Just to pass standard flags, use the environment vars mentioned in the R manual ...

> 4. configure --prefix=/opt/R/2.10.1 --disable-nls
> --enable-R-shlib
> --with-libintl-prefix=/opt/lib
> CC=cc CFLAGS='-O -m64 -xarch=native'
> CPPFLAGS=-I/opt/lib/include
> LDFLAGS='-m64 -L/opt/lib/lib -R/opt/lib/lib'
> LIBS=-liconv CXX=CC CXXFLAGS='-O -m64 -xarch=native'

This is not really sufficient because the very old standard libCstd would be used by CC. With the stlport library most C++ stuff can be compiled, but there are still some more or less g++ specific cases, where CC fails ...

Also note that [Open]Solaris is on the way to establish the Apache stdc++ library as the system's default standard C++ library ... (OT: Always wondering, what the term 'standard' means in the C++ world at all ;-))  

> F77=f95 FFLAGS='-O -m64 -xarch=native'
> R_BROWSER=opera R_PDFVIEWER=evince

Nailing the users to a certain browser or pdf viewer is a very bad idea - they'll hate you. For Freedesktop compliant Desktop Environments like GNOME or KDE use xdg-open instead, which honors the user's preferences.   

> 5. The results of running the tests:
As said - check the test output, where Eigen* is used (or was it another R package? - don't remember exactly ... ). To get it work and get better performance, I'm using the SUN performance libraries for blas/lapack stuff. To get an idea, you might have a look at http://iws.cs.uni-magdeburg.de/~elkner/R/Build.sh (the script I use to build the R package).

Have fun,
jel.

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