[Rd] R, AIX 64-bit builds - trying to understand root cause for message: "Error: Line starting 'Package: tools ...' is malformed!"

Michael Felt aixtools at gmail.com
Tue Dec 29 11:02:51 CET 2015

This seems to be a problem that goes back a long time - and I hope 
someone who understands what tre is suppossed to be doing will look at this.

A short history of other people who have reported on this on different 
versions of AIX. I shall only add that I get the same results on AIX 5.3 
TL7, AIX 6.1 TL9 and AIX 7.1 TL3.

Basically, with settings that work for AIX and 32-bit - the only changes 
-maix32 becomes -maix64
export OBJECT_MODE=32 becomes export OBJECT_MODE=64

Then to shorten the 'make' bla bla, first run just make, then

cd src/library/tools
make -s sysdata

Date: 2010-01-25 06:55:41 GMT (5 years, 48 weeks, 1 day, 20 hours and 30 
minutes ago)

To that, to get debug data, I have

* added -DTRE_DUGUG to src/extra/tre/Makefile # ALL_CFLAGS = 
* rm src/extra/tre/tre-match-parallel.o
* find . -name \*.so -exec rm {} \;
* make
* cd src/library/tools
* make -s sysdata

Attached are the two script files of the screen output. The 32-bit one 
is more verbose - and contains magically lines such as:
    found match 3037fd14 (while "found" does not occur in the 64-bit output)

root at x069:[/data/prj/cran/64/R-aix-3.2.3/src/library/tools]wc 
      4730   14123  139916 /tmp/sysdata.32.text
      1312    3688   40528 /tmp/sysdata.64.text
      6042   17811  180444 total

root at x069:[/data/prj/cran/64/R-aix-3.2.3/src/library/tools]grep -c found 

Hope this brings us (or me), closer to a resolution to an old concern.

And, best wishes for the new year!


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