[Rd] Corrections for the R manual on Solaris

Dr. David Kirkby david.kirkby at onetel.net
Tue Jun 22 12:09:31 CEST 2010

On 06/17/10 12:53 PM, Dr. David Kirkby wrote:
> There are a few errors in the R manual about Solaris.
> 1) Firstly you may know that Sun is now owned by Oracle.
> 2) "(Recent Sun machines are Opterons (‘amd64’) rather than ‘x86’, but
> 32-bit ‘x86’ executables are the default.) "
> It's not true to say that recent machines are Opterons rather than x86.
> Many new Sun machines are based on 64-bit Intel CPUs (often called x64).
> The machine I'm using, a Sun Ultra 27
> http://www.sun.com/desktop/workstation/ultra27/index.xml
> is less than 6 months old and has a quad core 3.33 GHz Intel Xeon in it.
> It is certainly true that some recent machine are Opterons.
> Note, 64-bit libraries for 64-bit systems, even those based on Intel
> CPUs, go in /usr/lib/amd64. Likewise many open-source software will
> install the 64-bit libraries in /usr/local/lib/amd64. There's no
> "intel64" or anything like that.
> 3) "Modern Solaris systems allow a large selection of Open Source
> software to be installed from http://www.opencsw.org (formerly
> http://www.blastwave.org) via pkg-get, "
> It should be noted that OpenCSW and Blastwave are both still in
> existence. There's a lot of animosity between the two camps, but both do
> exist. So one is not formally the other.
> Unfortunately, they both install software in /opt/csw, so I would be
> very weary of using both sites, as there is no coordination between them.
> Dave

Did nobody have any comments on this? Should I report this as a bug? I first 
posted this on r-help, where I was told r-devel would be more appropriate. But 
I've yet to get any response.


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