[Rd] R-1.7.0 beta available

ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Mar 27 07:52:34 MET 2003

On Wed, 26 Mar 2003, Marc Schwartz wrote:


> Confirmed Roger's finding on RH 8.0, otherwise it compiles fine.

That comes from

cvs log ./share/perl/massage-Examples.pl
revision 1.15
date: 2003/03/26 20:12:56; 
Redefine T/F to something more useful than NULL.

which made it an error to get("F"), alhough that is a legitimate operation 
(it is assuming the value is FALSE that is the problem).  (get("T") would 
have failed too.)

Perhaps we need to delay putting out betas for a day after feature freeze 
to allow us to test the frozen version.

> As an aside, RH 9 to be called 'Shrike', (curiously skipping 8.1 due to 
> binary incompatibility issues) will be available on March 31 to paid RHN 
> subscribers. It will be available a week later to all folks.

Martyn Plummer has already mentioned this and that he will be testing it
before release.

> Folks doing development may want to be aware, if not already, of the 
> change in the threading approach used in RH 9 which will go to the 
> Native POSIX Threads Library. Some very brief information on the change 
> and possible application related problems is available here:
> https://listman.redhat.com/pipermail/phoebe-list/2003-March/004919.html
> There is also a white paper here:
> http://people.redhat.com/drepper/nptl-design.pdf
> I raise this in case this might in any way affect anyone's development 
> considerations.

I don't think anything in Linux R uses threads, and we have problems with 
e.g. threaded ATLAS that suggest that threads are unsafe: see the R-admin 

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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