[R] make check Error: could not get timezone

Jeff Newmiller jdnewmil at dcn.davis.ca.us
Sat Oct 14 19:58:47 CEST 2017

Your confusion would be alleviated if you read the whole thing. E.g.

Questions likely to prompt discussion unintelligible to non-programmers should rather go to R-devel than R-help. [...] For example, questions involving C, C++, etc. code should go to R-devel.

It is unfortunate that the errors involved in installing R on some platforms involve understanding C, but it is a reality that goes with such broad platform support and parsing through C compiler errors is not what this list is about.

In addition, anything you do with a patched or development version of R bears the risk of incomplete support, discussion of which belongs on R-devel. Patched versions are intended to fix specific bugs, so if you are not immediately inconvenienced by such a bug or are not prepared to help fix or at least troubleshoot problems then you probably should not be installing those versions. 
Sent from my phone. Please excuse my brevity.

On October 14, 2017 12:07:37 PM GMT+01:00, Stephen Berman <stephen.berman at gmx.net> wrote:
>On Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:49:16 +0100 Jeff Newmiller
><jdnewmil at dcn.davis.ca.us> wrote:
>> Off topic. Read the Posting Guide.
>I did do that before posting; the choice seemed to be between R-help
>("intended to be comprehensible to people who want to use R to solve
>problems but who are not necessarily interested in or knowledgeable
>about programming") and R-devel ("for questions and discussion about R
>development and programming").  Obviously I need to install R before I
>can use it, and in my case I had to build it before I could install it,
>and running the tests is recommended, and that's where the issue arose;
>I couldn't tell if this was due to a bug in R or something on my end,
>i.e., I needed help, so that's why I asked here.  If you think R-devel
>is the right address, I'll ask there.
>Steve Berman

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