[R] make check Error: could not get timezone

Jeff Newmiller jdnewmil at dcn.davis.ca.us
Sat Oct 14 12:49:16 CEST 2017

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On October 14, 2017 11:02:50 AM GMT+01:00, Stephen Berman <stephen.berman at gmx.net> wrote:
>On Fri, 13 Oct 2017 22:36:48 +0200 Stephen Berman
><stephen.berman at gmx.net> wrote:
>> I just built the latest R-patched from source (SVN-Revision: 73548,
>> Changed Date: 2017-10-12) and the build completed without a problem
>> `make check' errored out:
>>   running code in 'reg-tests-1d.R' ...make[3]: ***
>> reg-tests-1d.Rout] Error 1
>>   make[3]: Leaving directory '/sources/R-patched/tests'
>>   make[2]: *** [Makefile.common:275: test-Reg] Error 2
>>   make[2]: Leaving directory '/sources/R-patched/tests'
>>   make[1]: *** [Makefile.common:165: test-all-basics] Error 1
>>   make[1]: Leaving directory '/sources/R-patched/tests'
>>   make: *** [Makefile:239: check] Error 2
>> The test log reg-tests-1d.Rout.fail ends like this:
>>   > ## PR#17186 - Sys.timezone() on some Debian-derived platforms
>>   > (S.t <- Sys.timezone())
>>   [1] NA
>>   > if(is.na(S.t) || !nzchar(S.t)) stop("could not get timezone")
>>   Error: could not get timezone
>>   Execution halted
>> Is this a cause for concern and if so, what should I do?  My system
>> Linux From Scratch 8.1 (x86_64, linux 4.12.7, glibc 2.26, gcc 7.2.0).
>In the meantime I installed R and it seems to be functioning correctly.
>I reran the tests with `make -k check' and the above test failed again,
>but it was the only one.  I looked at the source of Sys.timezone and on
>my system as currently configured (TZ is not set, there is no
>/etc/timezone file) this function always returns NA, so the test cannot
>succeed.  I built and configured my system following the Linux From
>Scratch instructions, so (unless I made a mistake somewhere) it seems
>this test is irrelevant for that system.  If this conclusion is
>maybe the test can be skipped if /etc/timezone does not exist, or at
>least not error out.  Or does that mean my system is somehow
>Steve Berman
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