[Rd] problems with iconv
rpickeri at mail.nih.gov
Wed Dec 14 15:15:36 CET 2011
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> A suitably comprehensive iconv function is essential. The R usage requires
> iconv to be able to translate between "latin1" and "UTF-8", to recognize
> (as the current encoding) and "ASCII", and to translate to and from the
> Unicode wide-character formats "UCS-[BL]E" — this is true for glibc
> not of most commercial Unixes. However, you can make use of GNU libiconv
> (possibly as a plug-in replacement: see
> Well, that's just what I did. I downloaded libiconv and compiled and
> it. Oh, so where to put it. Hmmmm, don't see it anywhere here. Do you?
The location isn't mentioned in Appendix A, which you cite a portion
of above, but it is mentioned in Solaris section of Appendix C, which
you cite below.
> Also from the manual:
> /You will need GNU libiconv and readline: the Solaris version of iconv is
> not sufficiently powerful.
> For the Solaris Studio compilers a little juggling of paths was needed to
> ensure GNU libiconv (in /usr/local) was used rather than the Solaris
This seems to indicate GNU libiconv should be installed in /usr/local,
which is the location specified in the libiconv installation
As usual for GNU packages:
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr/local
$ make install
Did you try the suggestion two paragraphs above this in Appendix C?
"Some people have reported that the Solaris libintl needs to be
avoided, for example by using --disable-nls or --with-included-gettext
or using libintl from OpenCSW."
As it turns out I put iconv and libiconv.so and libiconv.so.2.5.1 in
/usr/local/bin and /usr/local/lib. Just for grins I copied these files to
/usr/local and tried again with the same results.
This is my configure statement:
./configure --with-blas=-library=sunperf --with-lapack --with-readline=no
--x-includes=/usr/X11/include --x-libraries=/usr/X11/lib --prefix=/usr/local
So, yes, I did try the suggestions mentioned in Appendix C.
> CC="cc -xc99"
> CFLAGS="-O -xlibmieee"
> CXX="CC -library=stlport4"
> FCLIBS="-lfai -lfsu"
> For a 64-bit target add -m64 to the compiler macros and use something like
> LDFLAGS=-L/usr/local/lib/sparcv9 or LDFLAGS=-L/usr/local/lib/amd64 as
> appropriate. /
> Well, I did that. Here are some of my options from the config.site:
> So, here it is - all the revelent documentation on iconv. If I've missed
> anything please let me know. If you see where in the documentation I
> some cryptic clue on how to get iconv to work or where to put it or it's
> headers, also please let me know.
Did you take the steps required to resolve the circular dependency
between libiconv and gettext?
I used the --disable-nls and --with-included-gettext options. I also
downloaded the more up-to-date cairo package.
BTW, is there a program I can run to test my iconv binary? I think that
would rule out any problem with the compilation.
Thanks for you suggestions and for any future help. This is frustrating
because I have compiled R, just not with a workable iconv, which prevents me
from updating and adding packages.
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