[R] make check fails after building R 2.1.0 on Fedora Core 3

Bill Barnard bill at barnard-engineering.com
Sat May 14 22:07:12 CEST 2005

I have R v2.0.1 already running on the machine in question; a fairly
generic Fedora Core 3 machine. I am trying to build the new version
2.1.0 and have not been able to troubleshoot the problem I encountered.
I'm hoping someone else has seen it and can suggest a troubleshooting
avenue to me.

The build succeeds, both from the source RPM and from the tarball. I
believed I had all the build prerequisites, based on reading the install
instructions in the tarball and the R.spec file. The make check step
fails almost immediately with:

[billb at tioga R-2.1.0]$ make check
make[4]: Entering directory `/home/billb/tmp/R-2.1.0/tests/Examples'
running code in 'base-Ex.R' ...make[4]: *** [base-Ex.Rout] Error 1
make[4]: Leaving directory `/home/billb/tmp/R-2.1.0/tests/Examples'
make[3]: *** [test-Examples-Base] Error 2

The output file:

[billb at tioga R-2.1.0]$ tail -5 tests/Examples/base-Ex.Rout.fail
> assign("ptime", proc.time(), env = .CheckExEnv)
> grDevices::postscript("base-Examples.ps")
Error in .Internal(PS(file, old$paper, old$family, old$encoding, old
$bg,  :
        no internal function "PS"
Execution halted

If I run the executable I built, and make a call to the postscript()
function, I get the same error.

> version
platform i686-pc-linux-gnu
arch     i686
os       linux-gnu
system   i686, linux-gnu
major    2
minor    1.0
year     2005
month    04
day      18
language R

[billb at tioga R-2.1.0]$ gcc -v
Reading specs from /usr/lib/gcc/i386-redhat-linux/3.4.3/specs
Configured with: ../configure --prefix=/usr --mandir=/usr/share/man --
infodir=/usr/share/info --enable-shared --enable-threads=posix --
disable-checking --with-system-zlib --enable-__cxa_atexit --disable-
libunwind-exceptions --enable-java-awt=gtk --host=i386-redhat-linux
Thread model: posix
gcc version 3.4.3 20050227 (Red Hat 3.4.3-22.fc3)

I would appreciate any hints on how to troubleshoot this.


Bill Barnard <bill at barnard-engineering.com>

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