[R] New Beginner: Problems w/loading Matrix package

Leslie_Branch@hgsi.com Leslie_Branch at hgsi.com
Wed Oct 17 16:53:09 CEST 2001

Hello all,

I am 2 days old in compiling and installing R-1.3.1 and having all kinds of
problems with one particular package named "Matrix_0.3-15.tar.gz"

Where should I start?


I have successfully installed R version R-1.3.1 as well as a host of other
packages (piece of cake).  When I tried to install the Matrix package, I
got an error message stating that the "BLAS library could not be found"  I
then downloaded a copy of the blas(blas.tgz) tar file from
www.netlib.org/blas that contained nothing but function files.  I created
the library using Fortran (g77) and "ar".  I called it "blas.a", moved it
to the /usr/local/lib directory and made sure my path was set.  That still
didn't work.  Next I was told that I probably need to recompile R so it can
recognize the blas library.  I tried to do a "make distclean" to start over
and I get another error message that says:

make: Fatal error: Don't know how to make target `clean`


Sorry to bore you with this R 101 basic stuff, but I have no clue as to
what to do next.  Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.


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