[R] Installing ncurses3 for R in Linux

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Sat May 1 12:08:19 CEST 1999

Prof Brian D Ripley <ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk> writes:

> On Sat, 1 May 1999, Richard A. Bilonick wrote:
> > Who's bright idea was it to link R and ncurses3?! 
> `Whose', perhaps?
> Nobody AFAIK. My guess is that you are trying to use a binary distribution
> of R, and the particular one you have uses ncurses3 (I seem to recall a
> repsonse here from Martyn Plummer about it).  On Linux we recommend that
> you compile from source: it is very easy (all of ten minutes on RH5.2 on a
> PII-300) and will make optimal use of your system. Just one caveat to that:
> ensure that you have egcs-g77 installed.

...or f2c but *not* fort77 for that matter.

The thing with ncurses3 is that that is what shipped in RH5.0, so for
a single binary to work for all RH5.x, one can link against that
one, which is what Martyn does. 

To run the binaries, I think it's sufficient to 

rpm -i /path/to/it/ncurses3-1.9.9e-7.i386.rpm 

on a RH5.2 system. (Perhaps include a --force)

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