[R] error returned by "make check" in R-2.5.0

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Apr 28 20:02:12 CEST 2007

On Sat, 28 Apr 2007, Eric Thompson wrote:

> Professor Ripley,
> Thank you for your comments.
> On 4/28/07, Prof Brian Ripley <ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk> wrote:
>> How big is abs(lam - lam2[i])/Meps ?
> Here is the result on my system:
>> abs(lam - lam2[i])/Meps
> [1] 60 18 17  0 12
> which is quite surprising to me that the maximum value exactly equals
> the cutoff, so perhaps this is not such a big problem. I changed the
> value to 61 in the reg-tests-1.R file, and then make check runs with
> no errors.
>> This could be one of those cases where your system (which CPU, what
>> compilers?) is unusually inaccurate, but Linux systems do not usually
>> differ much in their accuracies on the same CPU.
> It is somewhat disconcerting that my system is unusually inaccurate.
> I'm running Intel Xeon 3.20GHz CPUs and I've been using gcc 4.1.1 and
> ifort to compile R (these are what the compile script choose by
> default on my system). Perhaps it is a bad idea to mix the GNU and
> Intel compilers?

Ah, ifort is less accurate than gfortran quite often, because it cares 
more about speed.  It all depends on the version: on my Opteron x86_64 
system and icc/ifort 9.1 the test passes, whereas on a i686 (older Xeons) 
with icc/ifort 9.0 quite a few tests fail unless optimization is turned 
down.  (I guess those Xeons could be either architecture.)

We will raise the limit a bit, as this seems a little too strigent.


Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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