[R] installing R on slackware linux, another route

Christopher Marshall CHRISTOPHERLMARSHALL at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 21 16:08:38 CET 2000

--- Jonathan.Yuen at evp.slu.se wrote:
> > 
> > To add such a link, go to /lib as root and type
> > 
> > ln -sf libncurses.so.5 libncurses.so.4
> > 
> Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but if my
> memory of how shared
> objects and ldconfig function under linux, this may
> cause problems, maybe
> not with R but with other programs!!
> The differences between the so.4 and the so.5 are
> MAJOR changes, and the
> major number was changed (from 4 to 5) because there
> are modifications in
> the library that are not consistent between 4 and 5.
>  You can change the
> minor numbers (which we don't see here), but usually
> ldconfig in linux
> takes care of that.  On my (really hacked up) linux
> machines, I just
> installed libncurses5.  When I type 

That makes a lot of sense.

It would be better to find and install the version 4
library than to put a link from 4 to 5.

I realize it must seem like a lot of trouble to go to
when "make" and "make install" would compile R from
the source and install it.  When you do that, however,
how do you keep track of all of the files that were

Slackware and red-hat both conceive of source and
binary packages and must have considered the problem
of compiling, then installing, and keeping track of
where everything goes in the package database.

Perhaps rpm2targz, if run on a source rpm, would
produce a source .tgz in the slackware package format.
 I'll try to look into it.

Chris Marshall

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