[R] RPM for gss package

Martyn Plummer plummer at iarc.fr
Mon Jul 19 10:39:40 CEST 1999

I have not recently updated the RPMs for contributed R packages.
I was hoping to be able to quietly drop them.

There are good reasons for providing an RPM for the base distribution:
1) Compilation of R is rather slow on older machines.
2) Compilation requires a lot of "devel" packages which take up disk
3) System administration is easier with rpm.

None of these really applies to contrib packages which are all
1) small, and hence compile quickly,
2) require only a C and Fortran compiler (usually).
3) pose no admin problems: there are builtin R commands for installing,
   removing and upgrading them.

If you con't have enough space for a Fortran compiler, you are probably
pushing the limits of what you can do with your PC anyway.


On 17-Jul-99 Peter Bouman wrote:
> Has anyone posted an RPM (for i386) for Dr. Chong Gu's new gss package?
> I am trying to install it on a Linux system too small to compile
> the Fortran code directly.
> Thanks for any help.
> Peter Bouman
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