[R] Help compiling R

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Jan 25 08:18:25 CET 2000

On Mon, 24 Jan 2000, Hagedorn, Dan N wrote:

> Peter,
> Thank you.  I had forgotten that there was an old copy of IDL out there
> (actually, I also forgot that it is an RSI product!).  For some unknown reason,
> R wanted to do an install in the IDL directories.  I am not sure what component
> or routine R picked up during the configure, from the IDL directories (they are
> on a different disk), but the Makeconf file ended up with the line, "INSTALL =
> /.../IDL/idl_5.2/bin/install -c".  Maybe if I had remembered that IDL was a RSI
> product, I would have searched for "IDL"?  ...  Nah!  I would still be puzzled!

Configure looks for a program that is called install and not 

# SysV /etc/install, /usr/sbin/install
# SunOS /usr/etc/install
# IRIX /sbin/install
# AIX /bin/install
# AIX 4 /usr/bin/installbsd, which doesn't work without a -g flag
# AFS /usr/afsws/bin/install, which mishandles nonexistent args
# SVR4 /usr/ucb/install, which tries to use the nonexistent group "staff"

which rules out those on Solaris.  The last one would be a good choice
on Solaris, but the comment seems incorrect (`staff' does exist unless
removed, and in any case /usr/ucb/install -g somegroup would do).  But as
this is done by autoconf, I believe, we are stuck with it.  One can 
install GNU install to avoid this (and speed up installation that
otherwise uses a script).

> From:	Peter Dalgaard BSA [SMTP:p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk]
> That's a new one... One should think that we'd seen all Solaris
> problems by now, but no. 

Not really a Solaris problem, I think.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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