R-beta: Problems during compilation of R for Solaris 2.6

Thomas Lumley thomas at biostat.washington.edu
Fri Mar 27 19:10:35 CET 1998

On Fri, 27 Mar 1998, Dott. Nunzia Galdi wrote:
> I am inexperienced in C program compilation and I receive the following
> error during the compilation of R (version 0.61.2) for Solaris 2.6.
> I have installed the gcc 2.8.0 version.
> >> gcc  -o R.binary arithmetic.o  array.o  attrib.o  bind.o  builtin.o  character.o  >> coerce.o  colors.o  complex.o  context.o  cov.o  cum.o  dataframe.o  debug.o  >> deparse.o  deriv.o  dotcode.o  dstruct.o  duplicate.o  envir.o  errors.o  eval.o  >> format.o  fourier.o  iosupport.o  gram.o  list.o  logic.o  main.o  match.o  memory.o >> model.o  names.o  objects.o  optimize.o  options.o  par.o  paste.o plot.o  plot3d.o  >> plotmath.o  print.o  printarray.o  printvector.o  printutils.o  random.o  relop.o  >> saveload.o  scan.o  seq.o  sort.o  source.o  split.o  subassign.o  subscript.o  >> subset.o  summary.o  unique.o  util.o  version.o ../lib/libgraphics.a  >> ../lib/libunix.a  ../lib/libappl.a  ../lib/libmath.a -lSM -lICE -L/usr/openwin/lib >> -R/usr/openwin/lib -lX11 -lsocket  -lnsl -ldl -lreadline -ltermcap -lm
> >>
> >> Undefined                       first referenced
> >>  symbol                             in file
> >> xrealloc                            /usr/local/lib/libreadline.a(readline.o)
> >> xmalloc                             /usr/local/lib/libreadline.a(readline.o)
> >> ld: fatal: Symbol referencing errors. No output written to R.binary

I have this problem under SunOS.  It seems that there is something wrong
with your system's version of the readline library.  You can either get a
new version (from any GNU archive) or build R without readline support.
This disables the nice command-line editing features, but you can get them
back by running R under emacs using ESS (see the R FAQ for details).

You can disable readline support by removing the line
from src/include/Platform.h

(In theory you should be able to just do 
	configure --without-readline
 but this hasn't been implemented)

Thomas Lumley
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