[R] R on gentoo amd64 (gcc 3.3.3) is unstable
ivo_welch-rstat8783 at mailblocks.com
Fri Aug 20 17:24:52 CEST 2004
FYI: gentoo is a linux meta distribution, which compiles all packages.
Once running, gentoo is stable on most applications. (it has some
problems with system tools, such as grub.) the compiler is gcc 3.3.3.
I do not expect anyone to track down for me why R fails on the gentoo
amd64+gcc3.3.3 system, but I thought that it would be good to put it on
the record to save others some time.
The resulting from-source-compiled R is not stable in this combination.
R starts up ok, but a couple of commands (a simple linear regression)
usually result in a Segfault. this applies both to the R provided by
gentoo (an old version of 1.9.0) or the latest version 1.9.1 which I
just pulled down. in case someone is wondering, the debugger backtrace
#0 0x000000000052ac16 in dnrm2_ ()
#1 0x00000000005185e8 in dqrdc2_ ()
#2 0x0000000000518db1 in dqrls_ ()
#3 0x000000000045d5d5 in do_dotCode ()
#4 0x0000000000472b6b in Rf_eval ()
(if any R wizard were to find it useful to try it out for himself, I
could arrange for machine access, or provide other relevant
information. if anyone has compiled R 1.9.1 under amd64 with gcc 3.3.3
and found it to be stable, please let me know, too.)
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