[R] R-1.0.0 install: Error "Substitution loop..."
ian at stams.strath.ac.uk
Wed Mar 1 15:55:38 CET 2000
First off, let me just add my thanks to all the people involved in the
production of R-1.0.0... Well Done!!
I'm getting an error installing R-1.0.0 on RedHat 5.2, perl 5.004_04. It
did not occur under Solaris 2.6 with perl 5.004_01.
During install of the base package (and akima, bootstrap, etc) it gets to the
point of building the help pages and it gives this error:
>>> Building/Updating help pages for package `base' Formats:
text html latex example HairEyeColor html
latex example Hershey text html latex
example Hyperbolic text html latex example
Hypergeometric text html latex example
IQR text html latex example
Substitution loop at /a/euler/export/local/linux/pkg/R-1.0.0/etc/Rdconvlib.pl line 1262, <rdfile> chunk 3268.
and the install of that package stops, half way through the generation of the
help file for InsectSprays (which comes next after IQR).
Line 1262 of etc/Rdconvlib.pl is:
$ntext =~ s/^[\n]*//go;
and "man perldiag" says:
(P) The substitution was looping infinitely.
(Obviously, a substitution shouldn't iterate more
times than there are characters of input, which is
what happened.) See the discussion of substitution in
the section on Quote and Quote-like Operators in the
The last few lines of the aborted help/InsectSprays is:
The counts of insects in agricultural experimental units treated
with different insecticides.
------ stops here (but of course it shouldn't) ---------
Any suggestions ?
-- Ian Thurlbeck http://www.stams.strath.ac.uk/
Statistics and Modelling Science, University of Strathclyde
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