[R] Problem Compiling R-2.0.0 on Linux Alpha

Prasad, Rajiv Rajiv.Prasad at pnl.gov
Sat Oct 16 19:12:47 CEST 2004

Thanks for the reply, Peter.

The build is done in a clean directory, and --without-tcltk does not
help.  I thought it is much better to track this down and fix it anyway.

Agreed there aren't too many Alphas out there anymore, but I plan to
keep mine going for a while -- sweet machine. :-)

So, I looked into the DESCRIPTION file for package tcltk, and here it

[rajiv at localhost tcltk]$ more DESCRIPTION
Package: tcltk
Version: 2.0.0
Priority: base
Title: Tcl/Tk Interface
Author: R Development Core Team
Maintainer: R Core Team <R-core at r-project.org>
Description: Interface and language bindings to Tcl/Tk GUI elements
License: GPL Version 2 or later.
Built: R 2.0.0; alphapca56-unknown-linux-gnu; 2004-10-15 17:25:37;

And for comparison, here is DESCRIPTION from base:

[rajiv at localhost base]$ more DESCRIPTION
Package: base
Version: 2.0.0
Priority: base
Title: The R Base Package
Author: R Development Core Team and contributors worldwide
Maintainer: R Core Team <R-core at r-project.org>
Description: Base R functions
License: GPL Version 2 or later.
Built: R 2.0.0; ; Fri Oct 15 17:20:28 PDT 2004; unix

So your suspicion regarding that newline seems correct.  Trouble is, the
newline appears in DESCRIPTION files for grid, splines, tools, methods,
and stats, too.  I noticed that grid, splines, methods, and stats built
fine, even though their DESCRIPTION files had the newlines in the Built

I'm going to manually edit the DESCRIPTION files and remove the newlines
and continue with make from the point where it stopped previously.
We'll see if that fixes it.  Will edit .split_description to include the
print statements you mentioned.

Thanks again.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peter Dalgaard [mailto:p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk] 
> Sent: Saturday, October 16, 2004 1:33 AM
> To: Prasad, Rajiv
> Cc: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: Re: [R] Problem Compiling R-2.0.0 on Linux Alpha
> "Prasad, Rajiv" <Rajiv.Prasad at pnl.gov> writes:
> > Error in "names<-.default"(`*tmp*`, value = c("R", 
> "Platform", "Date",
> > :
> >         names attribute [4] must be the same length as the 
> vector [3] 
> > Execution halted
> > make[2]: *** [R] Error 1
> > make[2]: Leaving directory 
> > `/home1/rajiv/software/src-7.2/R-2.0.0/src/library'
> > make[1]: *** [R] Error 1
> > make[1]: Leaving directory 
> `/home1/rajiv/software/src-7.2/R-2.0.0/src'
> > make: *** [R] Error 1
> > 
> > Does this indicate a problem with R, or something in my system 
> > installation?  A search on R help list archives did not 
> turn up this 
> > particular error.
> Specific to your architecture at least (not too many Alphas 
> around, but this works elsewhere). It's a pretty odd bug: It 
> would seem to come from inside .split_description 
> (tools/R/admin.R) where it would indicate that the Built 
> field has less than three "; " separators, but the paste 
> construct in .install_package_description that creates the 
> field does seem to put them in. One conjecture is that a 
> newline sneaked in somehow...
> I'd first look for malformed DESCRIPTION files in your build 
> directory, then maybe insert some debugging code into 
> .split_description (e.g. print(sys.status());print(Built) 
> immediately before the names<- bit).
> Are you doing this in a clean directory, btw, or might you 
> possibly be picking up bits of a previous build?
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