[Rd] Package Matrix does not compile in R-devel_2009-01-10

Rainer Hurling rhurlin at gwdg.de
Mon Jan 12 22:23:58 CET 2009

Thank you Brian,

for this detailed answer. I think you are right with the new rules.

Before contacting the maintainers I will try to collect some more 
information about the observed failure. Without setting the environment 
variable MAKE to gmake, I get excatly the same break when installing 
Matrix under R-2.8.1. So I can test it under 2.8.1.


On 11.01.2009 23:42 (UTC+1), Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> You need to take this up with the package maintainers: although 
> recommended packages are distributed with R,  they are still contributed 
> packages with separate maintainers.
> At one point Matrix did work with a non-GNU make (the Solaris one) after 
> suggestions from R-core members on how to remove the obvious GNUisms.  
> It would cetainly be helpful to let the package maintainers know what 
> changes do work.  (I presume the issue is
> amd_i_%.o: amd_%.c $(INC)
>         $(CC) $(ALL_CPPFLAGS) $(ALL_CFLAGS) -I../Include -DDINT -c $< -o $@
> amd_l_%.o: amd_%.c $(INC)
>         $(CC) $(ALL_CPPFLAGS) $(ALL_CFLAGS) -I../Include -DDLONG -c $< 
> -o $@
> which are new rules since I was able to test.)
> Unfortunately I can no longer build Matrix (and hence R-devel) on 
> Solaris, as the Sun Studio compilers say some of the C++ code is invalid 
> (and it looks so to me, and I reported it a while back): the file is 
> spqr_front.cpp, so it has not got as far as the point that is giving you 
> trouble.
> On Sun, 11 Jan 2009, Rainer Hurling wrote:
>> Dear developers,
>> today I tried to build and install R-devel_2009-01-10 on FreeBSD 
>> 8.0-CURRENT (i386) for testing purposes.
>> All went well until compiling the now recommended (integrated) Matrix 
>> package. At this point the following break occured:
>> ------------------------------------------------
>> begin installing recommended package Matrix
>> * Installing *source* package 'Matrix' ...
>> ** libs
>> gcc -std=gnu99 -I/usr/local/R-devel/include -I./UFconfig 
>> -I/usr/local/include -fpic  -g -O2 -c CHMfactor.c -o CHMfactor.o
>> [..snip..]
>> gcc -std=gnu99 -I/usr/local/R-devel/include -I../Include 
>> -I../../UFconfig -I/usr/local/include    -fpic  -g -O2 -c 
>> colamd_global.c -o colamd_global.o
>> gcc -std=gnu99 -I/usr/local/R-devel/include -I../Include 
>> -I../../UFconfig -I/usr/local/include    -fpic  -g -O2 -I../Include 
>> -DDLONG -c colamd.c -o colamd_l.o
>> ar -rucs ../../COLAMD.a colamd_global.o colamd_l.o # colamd.o
>> ( cd Source ; make lib )
>> gcc -std=gnu99 -I/usr/local/R-devel/include -I../Include 
>> -I../../UFconfig -I/usr/local/include    -fpic  -g -O2 -c amd_global.c 
>> -o amd_global.o
>> make: don't know how to make amd_l_1.o. Stop
>> *** Error code 2
>> Stop in /tmp/Rtmpx5nUS8/R.INSTALL10d63af1/Matrix/src/AMD.
>> *** Error code 1
>> Stop in /tmp/Rtmpx5nUS8/R.INSTALL10d63af1/Matrix/src.
>> ERROR: compilation failed for package 'Matrix'
>> * Removing '/usr/local/R-devel/library/Matrix'
>> *** Error code 1
>> Stop in /usr/local/R-devel/src/library/Recommended.
>> *** Error code 1
>> Stop in /usr/local/R-devel/src/library/Recommended.
>> *** Error code 1
>> Stop in /usr/local/R-devel.
>> ------------------------------------------------
>> Please note, that on FreeBSD there is a BSD 'make' as default. If I 
>> want to use gmake instead, I explicitly have to set it. Unfortunately 
>> this does not work within building the whole R-devel system.
> It would be helpful to know why not.  AFAIK GNU make works on other 
> platforms with their own make.
>> With R-2.8.1 I have no problems installing and using R. When I want to 
>> build the (external) Matrix package I have to set an environment 
>> variable to gmake, found at /usr/local/bin/gmake and all works well.
>> Now my question: Is it possible to change the configure/build of the 
>> integrated Matrix package on R-devel? For all other packages there is 
>> no need to do so (at least for FreeBSD ;-)
>> Please let me know if I can help.
>> Thanks in advance,
>> Rainer Hurling

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