Fortran vs C, easing using Fortran

Prof Brian D Ripley
Mon, 12 Apr 1999 07:35:01 +0100 (BST)

On Mon, 12 Apr 1999, Kurt Hornik wrote:

> >>>>> Prof Brian D Ripley writes:
> > I think in R we can do better than at present, if only I knew exactly
> > how. One idea is to have (effectively) a `hints' file that configure
> > uses to add a base set of libraries to FLIBS, but on Solaris at least,
> > using the Fortran command (f77 or g77) to link a dynamic library does
> > the job.  For linking with ld the base FLIBS would need to be
> > -lF77 -lM77 -lV77 -lsunmath -lm
> > _if_ f77 is used.  How viable is `use FC to link' on other platforms?
> Are you suggesting using the Fortran compiler as SHLIBLD?

Yes, at least on platforms where this is known to be safe.

> Please help me understanding this a bit more.  The above `-lF77 ...'
> would be the default FLIBS to use when compiling/linking Fortran?

On Solaris.

> Short term fix should be to use platform-specific overrides in basic
> configure.  Another idea is to have configure scripts supported for add
> ons.
> (If I fully understood the problem, I think I could fix it ...)


Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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