[R] readline and R installation

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Tue Jul 8 18:04:19 CEST 2003

One way is setting the (or adding to an existing one)
environment variable LD_LIBRARY_PATH to your directory
(.../local/R/readline); there are other related ways described
in the "R Administration/Installation" manual which I'd warmly
recommend consulting here.

If that is really /local/R/... I guess the resulting R will only
run on your workstation which is a bit unfortunate.
Did you try to convince your sys.admin installing readline

Hoping this helps,

Martin Maechler <maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch>	http://stat.ethz.ch/~maechler/
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>>>>> "Jean" == Jean Eid <jeaneid at chass.utoronto.ca>
>>>>>     on Tue, 8 Jul 2003 09:45:20 -0400 writes:

    Jean> I am trying to install R 1.7.1 on a
    Jean> sparc-sun-solaris2.8 system. although gnu readline is
    Jean> installed and works fine on the parent directory, R is
    Jean> not recognizing it.  I get the following in the
    Jean> config.log file.

    Jean> configure:11627: checking for rl_callback_read_char in -lreadline
    Jean> configure:11658: gcc -o conftest -g -O2  -L/usr/local/lib
    Jean>                  conftest.c -lreadline  -ldl -ltermcap -lm  >&5
    Jean> ld: fatal: library -lreadline: not found
    Jean> ld: fatal: File processing errors. No output written to conftest
    Jean> collect2: ld returned 1 exit status

    Jean> I also tried to install the most recent version of
    Jean> readline (version 4.3) with no luck. as I do not have
    Jean> root access to the system I have included the readline
    Jean> directory in my home path.  I beleive that I have to
    Jean> change the path of the readline library from
    Jean> usr/local/lib to my own which is on /local/R/readline,
    Jean> however I do not want to change the configure file
    Jean> without making sure I am doing the right thing, Any
    Jean> help is appreciated,

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