[R] R Install problems with Redhat 9 : "tcl.so" versus "tcl.so.0"

Martyn Plummer plummer at iarc.fr
Thu Apr 17 12:10:53 CEST 2003

Red Hat 9 is not binary compatible with Red Hat 8.x and you should not
attempt to install an RPM for RH 8.x on a RH 9 system.

An RPM of R 1.7.0 (released yesterday) for RH 9 will be available soon,
but you must exercise some patience.


On Thu, 2003-04-17 at 04:54, Neal Cariello wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm having problems with a R Redhat Linux install.  Please bear with me,
> I've only been working with Linux for about a week here.
> I have Redhat Linux 9 running on a recent Pentium machine.  Here's the
> install, showing I'm running kernel release 2.4.20-6.
> [root at localhost root]# uname -a
> Linux localhost.localdomain 2.4.20-6 #1 Thu Feb 27 10:06:59 EST 2003 i686
> i686 i386 GNU/Linux
> I've downloaded R for linux Redhat 8.x, but I am running Redhat 9.  I'm
> assuming we have backward compatibility ?
> To continue, attemping to load R produces the following errors:
> [root at localhost temp]# rpm -ivh R-1.6.2-1.i386.rpm
> warning: R-1.6.2-1.i386.rpm: V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID 97d3544e
> error: Failed dependencies:
>         libtcl.so.0 is needed by R-1.6.2-1
>         libtk.so.0 is needed by R-1.6.2-1
> OK, I understand this so far.  So I go to http://rpmfind.net/linux/RPM/ to
> get the packages.  Searching for "libtcl.so.0" shows me that's it's in the
> tcl package.  The most current one from http://rpmfind.net/linux/RPM/ is
> tcl-8.3.3-74.i386.rpm.
> However, after considerable gnashing of teeth, I come to discover that tcl
> is already on my machine as the following command shows:
> [root at localhost temp]# rpm -qa | grep tcl
> tcl-8.3.5-88
> NOTE - tcl-8.3.5-88 that I have on my machine is newer than anything I found
> on the Web, so when I tried to install the downloaded tcl-8.3.3-74.i386.rpm,
> it of course fails with "warning: tcl-8.3.3-74.i386.rpm: V3 DSA signature:
> NOKEY, key ID db42a60e package tcl-8.3.5-88 (which is newer than
> tcl-8.3.3-74) is already installed".
> Here's all files on my system with filename *libtcl*:
> [root at localhost root]# locate libtcl
> /usr/lib/libtcl.so
> /usr/lib/libtcl8.3.so
> /usr/lib/libtclstub8.3.a
> Is the "libtcl.so" really the "libtcl.so.0" that R is looking for ?  If so,
> do I try and fool R somehow ?
> Any idea why libtcl.so.0 is not being found in my installed tcl-8.3.5-88 ?
> If this is heading towards source code compiling, please be explicit, I've
> not done this before !
> Grovelling for advice,
> Neal in NC
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