[R] Problems installing packages on MacOS with R 2.00

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Nov 15 12:38:22 CET 2004

On Mon, 15 Nov 2004, Marco Chiarandini wrote:

> Dear Prof. Ripley,
>> It is R 2.0.0!  Your problem is that you do not have g77 installed, or at
>> least, not the same version as was used to compile your version of R.
>> (Please do read the posting guide and tell us where you got R from -- I
>> suspect you did not compile it yourself.)
> I took R from http://cran.at.r-project.org/. True, I did not compiled
> it: it was the R 2.0.0 (lastest version) bin package. However, I have
> g77 version 3.4 (October 2003) installed on MacOS.

Which is rather old, and this was looking for 3.4.2 (and 3.4.3 is 

Have you read the posting guide yet?

> I deleted both -lfrtbegin and -lg2c from FLIBS in

You can safely delete -lfrtbegin.  I don't believe you can safely delete 
-lg2c, as some packages do need code from it.  On my systems that includes 
acepack, but as you have a system using libR.dylib, it may be that 
libR.dylib contains the routines that acepack needs from -lg2c.

> /Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/etc/Makeconf
> and now Hmisc compiles fine.
> I could not find a directory
> /usr/local/lib/gcc/powerpc-apple-darwin6.8/
> in my installation.
>> I think this should be in the MacOS X FAQ, but unfortunately the version
>> on CRAN linked from the sidebar and the main FAQ at
>>     http://cran.r-project.org/bin/macosx/RMacOSX-FAQ.html
>> is for R 1.9.1, not 2.0.0.  Did your installation come with a current
>> version?
>> However, a further problem is that many packages which use Fortran code
>> cannot be compiled for MacOS X as it does not have a shared Fortran
>> run-time library.  So I suspect that if you do install g77-3.4.2 you will
>> find that you cannot compile package acepack, and that is why no
>> pre-compiled version of the package is available.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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