[R] compile under Ubuntu 8.10 (Ibex)

Douglas Bates bates at stat.wisc.edu
Wed Mar 11 18:46:48 CET 2009

On Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 11:11 AM, Terry Therneau <therneau at mayo.edu> wrote:

>  I fired up a new machine last night and loaded Ubuntu 8.10 on it.  I then had
> to add in the usual compiler stuff which is not loaded by default: make, emacs,
> fortran, c++, etc.

>  I'm having trouble compiling R 2.8 however.  I get a message that it cannot
> figure out how to link f77 and C.  I've pulled in "gfortran".  A google search
> on "fortran ubuntu 8.10" shows various problems with the gcc switch from
> fortran77 to fortran95 --- also true for R?

>  Any hints are welcome, including "don't use 8.10" (thought that will be an
> evening of work).

Read http://cran.us.r-project.org/bin/linux/ubuntu to learn how to add
the CRAN repository to your package search path then install the
r-base and r-base-dev packages.

If you want all the development packages to allow you to compile and
install development versions of R then run

sudo apt-get build-dep r-base

and all the required packages will be magically added.  If you want to
see exactly how Dirk has set up the compilation of R under Debian then
install the wajig package, run

cd /tmp
wajig build r-base

and sit back and enjoy.  Finally note that the mailing list
R-SIG-Debian is more suitable for questions related to Debian and
Debian-derived distributions like Ubuntu.

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