[R] configure problems with fortran underscore

Jim Robison-Cox jimrc at mathfs.math.montana.edu
Fri Dec 18 01:20:12 CET 1998

Just after R-0.63.0 came out I reported a problem to the list.  I was
unable to get ./configure to complete it's job, because it couldn't find a
working fortran.  It stopped after trying to test for underscore in
subroutine names.  This was especially perplexing, since I could still
configure the older version (I had 62.2) with no error messages.
I tried suggestions of B.D. Ripley and others to set
the fortran compiler in config.site, but those did not work.  I had
exactly the same problem with R-0.63.1.  Today I discovered that 

./configure --with-f77  does work.  I wonder why it didn't work to set it
in config.site.  When is config.site used?

Information on the just compiled version:
platform   sparc-sun-solaris2.6
arch       sparc               
os         solaris2.6          
system     sparc, solaris2.6   
status.rev 0                   
major      0                   
minor      63.1                
year       1998                
month      December            
day        5                   
language   R                   

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