[R] tcltk problems
r.turner at auckland.ac.nz
Sun Nov 19 20:38:42 CET 2017
On 20/11/17 03:15, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
> On 19 November 2017 at 12:17, peter dalgaard wrote:
> | Dirk may want to dig in here:
> I respectfully decline.
> R builds fine on every Ubuntu system, and always has. No bug in R, or
> Ubuntu, or Debian (which would be cup of tea). There is the distro package
> (which may be older if an older distro like 16.04 is used) and there always
> is a current package at CRAN based on Michael's build of my packages. Always.
> Of course a lot of people also locally build R, or maybe R-devel. There is no
> general issue here as best as I can tell.
> | [...] if one user has shot himself in the foot somehow.
> My brief reading suggests that this is the case.
Point of order Mr. Chairman. It is completely unfair to say that I shot
myself in the foot.
sudo apt-get install tcl
sudo apt-get install tcl8.6.dev
and similarly for tk stuff.
I downloaded the source for R-3.4.2 and ran ../R-3.4.2/configure (from a
"parallel" directory "BldDir".
It stuffed up, apparently being unable to find tclConfig.sh and tkConfig.sh.
*After* the stuff-up I put in symbolic links in /usr/lib to these file
in the subdirectories (in which apt-get install apparently placed them.)
This was done according to a suggestion from Berwin Turlach, who found
that there were similar symbolic links in his file system. This did not
Peter Langfelder's suggestion, saying very explicitly what flags I
should provide to "configure" in respect of the *Config.sh files, *DID*
I did *not* move any files around. I did *not* make any alterations to
the configure script. I did not modify anything, in a "non-standard"
way --- or even in a standard way! I just used the software provided,
in the prescribed manner, and it did not work.
> Nothing good comes off moving files around in /usr as was done. It creates
> local non-standard circumstances. You cannot expect standardized build to
> anticipate each and every possible non-standard modification.
> This discussion is still on the wrong list too.
Well, OK. What list *should* it be on? I was asking for help with an R
problem. It seems to me that R-help is appropriate.
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