[R] Installing ncurses3 for R in Linux
brians at mcn.net
Sat May 1 16:30:59 CEST 1999
ncurses3 is already on a 5.2 system in the 486 libs directory ( or
something like that). I just did a symlink from it to /usr/lib and
installed R with the --nodeps option (the RPM database does not know it is
installed). Once I tried to run R, I got another library error and had to
make another link, which I dont remember and all works fine now.
The option Peter needed for ncurses is --nodeps and --force I think, but I
didnt want to try it and have it remove something I needed, so I got it to
work using the symlinks to the actual files
May not be the right way, but it did work for me.
On Sat, 1 May 1999, Richard A. Bilonick wrote:
> I've done
> rpm -i --force etc.
> It gives an error and says that ncurses (not ncurses3) with a version number
> like 4.1.2 (I'm away from the machine and working from memory) is already
> installed. I've tried -U --force with the same result. I had a similar result
> the previous time (before I ended up re-installing RH5.2) but somehow ncurses3
> was installed (along with ncurses). When I reinstalled RH5.2 I chose the same
> options but obviously something is different.
> Would it be safe to remove ncurses and install just ncurses3?
> What about re-installing R and ncurses3 from the backup tape? Would that cause
> some sort of problem with rpm's database of installed packages?
> Before I would be able to compile R I would have to get the c compiler installed
> and I'm very short on disk space at the moment.
> As to the previous message (not from Peter) about "Who's" instead of "Whose",
> let me say I see many more typo's and I don't comment on them. I usually re-read
> my messages before sending but it was 1 o'clock in the morning.
> Rick Bilonick
> Peter Dalgaard BSA wrote:
> > 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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