[R] error installing gsl pkg

Robin Hankin r.hankin at noc.soton.ac.uk
Wed Oct 3 15:42:54 CEST 2007

Hello Randy

I get emails like this quite a lot.

The most likely problem is in the installation of
the gsl library.  To verify that it is in fact installed,
try to compile and run the little Bessel function
example given in gsl-ref, section 2.1.

Get this working first.  If it works, this means
that everything is where it should be, and the
configuration script of the R package
should detect this fact.

While I'm writing,  version 1-10 of
GSL came out the other day,  and
the current configure script fails with this version.

I'll upload a fixed version of the gsl
library to CRAN when I get a minute (patch
from  Matt Clegg gratefully acknowledged).



On 3 Oct 2007, at 14:24, Randy Heiland wrote:

> Newbie here (to R) and running Linux...
>> install.packages("gsl","~/R")
> ...
> trying URL 'http://cran.wustl.edu/src/contrib/gsl_1.8-4.tar.gz'
> Content type 'application/x-tar' length 57051 bytes
> opened URL
> ==================================================
> downloaded 55Kb
> * Installing *source* package 'gsl' ...
> checking for gcc... gcc
> checking for C compiler default output... a.out
> checking whether the C compiler works... yes
> checking whether we are cross compiling... no
> checking for suffix of executables...
> checking for suffix of object files... o
> checking whether we are using the GNU C compiler... yes
> checking whether gcc accepts -g... yes
> checking for gcc option to accept ANSI C... none needed
> checking for gsl_sf_airy_Ai_e in -lgsl... no
> configure: error: Cannot find Gnu Scientific Library.
> ERROR: configuration failed for package 'gsl'
> and I have gsl:
> LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/N/soft/linux-sles9-ppc64/gsl-1.8-xlc/lib
> and, fwiw:
> /N/soft/linux-sles9-ppc64/R-2.5.0-ibm-64/lib/R/bin/exec> file R
> R: ELF 64-bit MSB executable, cisco 7500, version 1 (SYSV), for GNU/
> Linux 2.4.21, dynamically linked (uses shared libs), not stripped
> tia, Randy
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Robin Hankin
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