R-beta: Re: redhat-install

Douglas Bates bates at stat.wisc.edu
Thu Jan 8 17:17:37 CET 1998

Peter Dalgaard BSA <p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk> writes:

> helgito at rhi.hi.is (Helgi Tomasson) writes:
> > What is @PERL@?  I have perl installed in /usr/bin.
> > 
> > If I run control-panel I get "missing" in the problem column.
> > 
> > Does anyone know what the problem is?
> @PERL@ means that whoever created the RPM forgot to replace it with
> the actual location of perl (forgot to add some file to configure.in)...
> I'd try installing it with rpm -i --nodeps (or --force, I forget).

I was the person who created that rpm file but I did so by converting
a Debian linux .deb file.  Apparently the rpm program performs checks
that are not done (or perhaps not needed) when installing a .deb file.

Those dependencies are spurious.  The references to @PERL@ were caused 
by my forgetting to remove the .in versions of scripts such as

I have a new version of the .deb package without those problematic
files.  There was also a problem with one script that had an explicit
dependence on /usr/local/bin/perl.  I believe that should be fixed in
the 0.61.1 release of R.

For the time being I think it should work to use --nodeps.  Please let 
me know if you have difficulties.

I have difficulty testing the .rpm files because I am not running
RedHat Linux.  Is there anyone running RedHat 5.0 who would be willing 
to test an installation for me?  I can generate the RedHat 5.0
packages much easier than I can generate the RedHat 4.2 package.
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