[R] R with no gui

Stuart Luppescu s-luppescu at uchicago.edu
Sun Apr 2 19:57:15 CEST 2000

On 01-Apr-00 Peter Dalgaard BSA wrote:
> Stuart Luppescu <s-luppescu at uchicago.edu> writes:
>> I have an old IBM Thinkpad 701 that has a 340MB disk and a 486 CPU
>> that's not good for much anymore, so I thought I'd install R on it
>> and make it a little useful. I went to *tremendous* pains to upgrade
>> Linux on it without X so there would be some room to put R. But
>> having done that I find that the binary is R.X11 and it's looking
>> for (but can't find) libSM.so, which is ordinarily in
>> /usr/X11R6/lib. I tried to fool it by running it as R --gui=none,
>> but it was too smart (or too dumb) to be taken in by that trick. So,
>> is there any way I can get this to run without X?
> Not easily at present. You can compile a version without X11, but only
> by manually ripping out whatever internal organs get in the way (this
> ought to have worked by passing --without-x to configure, but it
> ..well.. doesn't.) Erich Neuwirth did the exercise a couple of weeks
> back and sent the instructions, so it should be possible to dig them
> out if you want them.
> Another option is to install just the X11 libraries that R wants to be
> dynamically linked with, that'll be /usr/X11R6/lib/lib{X11,SM,ICE}.so*
> I believe. That's really no more than 1 MB in all.

Well, I cleaned out everything I could spare and installed X -- now I have no
development tools, so I have to build packages on another machine. I have
everything running ok and still have 12 MB of disk space open!
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