[R] I am surprised (and a little irritated)
pinard at iro.umontreal.ca
Wed Apr 19 22:27:34 CEST 2006
>[Tom Backer Johnsen]
>> [...] I've understood that RPM's are somewhat like installing
>> programs on Windows, so that was downloaded and started with YAST.
>> [...] Then I discover to my big surprise that the readme file says
>> that I need to have eight installed packages. Then it says "Most of
>> them are included in a standard install". [...] someone should get
>> the OpenSuse people to include R in the installation.
>I'm irritated as well. Your email should go to some suse mailing list,
>this is a suse problem, it has (almost) nothing to do with R.
We are running regular (Pro?) SuSE systems at various distributions
levels on a flurry of machines, but have no experience with OpenSuse,
however, and install R from sources on these machines wherever needed.
My notes say that *I* should pay attention to have the following
packages pre-installed, besides those which are already usual for us:
gcc-fortran, libjpeg-devel, readline-devel, tcl-devel, tk-devel
I'm not sure about tk-devel. But these are all available on the CDs.
R installation from sources goes surprisingly well for us, using SuSE.
"surprisingly" is an euphemism here, "astonishingly" is more proper,
given the size and complexity of R sources, components, and all release
engineering. I'm always quite impressed that such software works!
There is a tremendous amount of work behind a successful distribution,
which many of us do not suspect enough! :-) It forces admiration.
François Pinard http://pinard.progiciels-bpi.ca
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