[Rd] Shared Library Support for AIX?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Jul 12 09:43:03 CEST 2006

We are waiting for the community of users of R on AIX to put in the 
resources needed to make this happen. 

We receive little help from AIX users of R (with the shining exception of 
Ei-ji Nakama), for example I cannot recall a single alpha/beta test report 
on that platform, and I would hope to recall several a year.  So it is 
mainly due to inspired guesswork that R compiles on AIX.

Given that apparently we are able to build libRlapack as a shared library 
on AIX, the same recipe should work for libR.  (As far as I recall the 
difficulty is getting a suitable export file from the motly collection of 
objects that make up this shared library.)  But this really needs someone 
with detailed knowledge of AIX linkers to tackle it, as quite possibly 
there is a better approach.

On Tue, 11 Jul 2006, Matthew Beason wrote:

> Fellow R Enthusiasts,
> I noted on the "R Installation and Administration" page, section C.9
> that "--enable-R-shlib" is reported not to work for AIX. Has anyone made
> any further progress with this as of late? I've successfully compiled R
> 2.3.1 on AIX 5.2ML7 and AIX 5.3ML3. However, I'd really like to use
> RSPerl so I can attack R with Perl. Is there a way to do this without
> shared libraries enabled? 
> Any thoughts, advice, pointers would be greatly appreciated. 
> Matthew Beason
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