[Rd] Re: R on AIX

Dan Million lio@hpss1.ccs.ornl.gov
Mon, 25 Mar 2002 07:38:58 -0500 (EST)

On Sun, 24 Mar 2002, Kurt Hornik wrote:

> Two issues re R on AIX that came up in recent email exchange with Dan
> Million <lio@hpss1.ccs.ornl.gov>:
> * We currently use the Autoconf AC_AIX macro which essentially 'defines'
>   ... I am wondering if we need the macro
>   at all.  Does anyone know?

I don't think you do (at least in AIX 4.2 and later).  Any code that
includes stdio.h or just about anything else is going to end up defining
_ALL_SOURCE via system headers, unless _XOPEN_SOURCE or _POSIX_SOURCE
are defined.

> * Dan also pointed me to 'run-time linking' vs the usual AIX style
>   linking.  Using run-time linking one could simply do
>        MAIN_LDFLAGS=-brtl
>        SHLIB_LDFLAGS="-G"
>   instead of the complicated import/export handling with AIX linking,
>   and apparently also no longer need an export file?
>   Dan says that run-time linking is available in AIX 4.2 or better, does
>   anyone know more about this?  Should it perhaps be made the default if
>   available?
> Note that I have no access to AIX, hence need help ...

If you use gcc, you still need the -Wl prefix to these options; e.g.:


I did still use the exports file when I did the build.

As to when runtime linking is needed and when it isn't, I have no
definitive answers.  All I know is that everything worked when I used
runtime linking, and it did not work when I didn't.


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