[R] R Installation in Ubuntu 5.04 [Hoardy Hedgehog]

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Fri Mar 10 14:33:11 CET 2006

On 10 March 2006 at 09:19, M Senthil Kumar wrote:
| On Fri, 10 Mar 2006, Andris Jankevics wrote:
| |You have to install Xserver (x.org or XFree86) devel packages before
| |compiling.
| Although, I don't remember which package i had installed, I remember
| installing some X developer packages using apt-get earlier when ./config
| itself had complained about it. But the problem that i had written about
| earlier persists even after that during the 'make' step.

i)   Ubuntu is a Debian derivative.

ii)  Debian (+ thus Ubuntu) had binary ready-to-run packages for R since 1997.
     Why not use them?

iii) Even if you don't run the current release, there is a backport of 
     the current R release available via apt-get through CRAN and its
     mirrors as explained in the R FAQ 

iv)  If you still insist on locally building the package (for which one
     may have a number of reasons) you are still _much_ better off doing
     a rebuild of the Debian package, so consider learning about 'source'
     entries for apt, and 'apt-get source r-base' which can download 
     and build R for you in one command.

v)   The build dependencies you are struggling with are encoded in the 
     Build-Depends: field of the file debian/control.  You could use
     them.  For record, the current version says:

Build-Depends: refblas3-dev | atlas3-base-dev, tcl8.4-dev, tk8.4-dev, bison, groff-base, libncurses5-dev, libreadline5-dev, debhelper (>= 3.0.0), texi2html, texinfo (>= 4.1-2), libbz2-dev, libpcre3-dev, tetex-bin, tetex-extra, xpdf-reader, zlib1g-dev, libpng12-dev, libjpeg62-dev, libx11-dev, libxt-dev, x-dev

     but note that these are Debian package names which may need a tweak on
     Ubuntu.  If you use 'dpkg-buildpackage' it will check the Build-Depends
     for you long before configure may or may not fail.

Hope this helps, Dirk

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                                                  -- Thomas A. Edison

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