[Rd] R compilation on old(ish) CentOS

Iñaki Ucar |uc@r @end|ng |rom |edor@project@org
Thu Apr 29 16:12:52 CEST 2021

On Thu, 29 Apr 2021 at 15:59, Ben Bolker <bbolker using gmail.com> wrote:
>    I probably don't want to go down this rabbit hole very far, but if
> anyone has any *quick* ideas ...
>    Attempting to build R from scratch with a fresh SVN checkout on a
> somewhat out-of-date CentOS system (for which I don't have root access,
> although I can bug people if I care enough).

Could you bug them to... update CentOS? :)


> $ gcc --version
> gcc (GCC) 4.8.5 20150623 (Red Hat 4.8.5-39)

Ouch. You definitely need to install and activate an appropriate
devtoolset as follows:

$ yum install centos-release-scl
$ yum install devtoolset-8

(Bug those people to at least install that). Then, put something like
this in your .bashrc:

$ source scl_source enable devtoolset-8

And you are ready to go with a fairly decent version of gcc, i.e.:

$ gcc --version
gcc (GCC) 8.3.1 20190311 (Red Hat 8.3.1-3)


> $ lsb_release -a
> LSB Version:
> :core-4.1-amd64:core-4.1-noarch:cxx-4.1-amd64:cxx-4.1-noarch:desktop-4.1-amd64:desktop-4.1-noarch:languages-4.1-amd64:languages-4.1-noarch:printing-4.1-amd64:printing-4.1-noarch
> Distributor ID: CentOS
> Description:    CentOS Linux release 7.8.2003 (Core)
> Release:        7.8.2003
> Codename:       Core
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Iñaki Úcar

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