[R] recommended linux environment for R

Christian Hennig fm3a004 at math.uni-hamburg.de
Thu Jul 6 14:29:24 CEST 2000


> Jens Oehlschlägel wrote:
> > 
> > Hello,
> > 
> > I'd like to ask whether there is a prefered linux distribution for use with
> > R (Suse, Redhat, Debian) 
> >and what fortran compiler is recommended (f77 or
> > f2c)?
> f2c is not a compiler. It converts fortran code to c code. You need one
> of this if you want to compile R on your own. The configure script looks
> for a fortran compiler and if it doesn´t find one, it searches for f2c.
> Don´t know if you need this when installing one of the R-binary
> distributions. But you also need f77 or f2c to install a source contrib
> package. I´m using f2c and havn´t any trouble yet.

I needed f2c (or some associated libraries) to get the add-on package
mclust to start. (Compilation did work, but some functions did not.)
g77/f77 did not suffice, neither on Solaris, nor on SuSe Linux.

Perhaps this changed in the meantime, since this experience is almost a year
old. I would appreciate if all packages could be compiled by use of the same
standard compilers.



Christian Hennig
Fachbereich Mathematik - SPST
 (Schwerpunkt Mathematische Statistik und Stochastische Prozesse,
 Zentrum fuer Modellierung und Simulation)
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D-20146 Hamburg
Tel: x40/42838 4907, privat x40/631 62 79
hennig at math.uni-hamburg.de

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