[R] R-devel 2.1.0 dependencies for RPMS under Fedora Core 3

White, Charles E WRAIR-Wash DC charles.edwin.white at us.army.mil
Wed May 25 14:13:27 CEST 2005

The R-devel RPMS has a number of dependencies on Fedora Core development
tools. When the RPMS is installed, the dependencies are resolved by
automatically downloading and installing the latest version of the
development tools. Looking at the README file in the fc3 directory, I
was surprised by this behavior. I would recommend either changing the
description of the file in the README or the behavior of the RPMS.
Selected text from the README follows:

These RPMS are designed to run on Fedora Core 3 (Heidelberg).  

R-devel: This is a stub package that contains only the documentation
         on "Writing R Extensions" (R-exts.pdf).  You should install
         if you wish to compile packages from source.

Chuck White

PS: I've only been using Linux for a couple of weeks; I've used R under
Windows for more than three years. I probably won't use the RPMS again
since I would prefer to use shared libraries.

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