[R] RPM for gss package

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Mon Jul 19 13:33:00 CEST 1999

Martyn Plummer <plummer at iarc.fr> writes:

> 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
>    space.
> 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.

Well, if you include perl, you get to at least 25M for a development
environment on a RedHat 6.0, which could be pushing the limits too far
on small but otherwise quite usable laptops...

However, I suppose that most people with laptops will also have access
to somewhat larger systems and the libraries should be quite easily

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