[R-SIG-Mac] mac OS X 10.5.7 rgdal installation problems

Don MacQueen macq at llnl.gov
Thu Jul 2 21:48:17 CEST 2009

There is a binary download of rgdal, though apparently not the most 
recent rgdal, at


Which I learned about in the process of installing and using open 
source GIS software QGis:
which leads to
which in turn leads to the above link.

It will be necessary to also (first) install other frameworks that 
this binary of rgdal depends on.

But I do have a functioning rgdal from the above.

>  require(rgdal)
Loading required package: rgdal
Loading required package: sp
Geospatial Data Abstraction Library extensions to R successfully loaded
Loaded GDAL runtime: GDAL 1.5.3, released 2008/09/09
GDAL_DATA: /Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library/rgdal/gdal
Loaded PROJ.4 runtime: Rel. 4.6.1, 21 August 2008
PROJ_LIB: /Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library/rgdal/proj


At 10:47 AM -0500 7/2/09, stephen sefick wrote:
>sudo R CMD install --configure-args='--with-proj-include=/sw/bin/proj'
>* Installing to library '/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library'
>* Installing *source* package 'rgdal' ...
>gdal-config: gdal-config
>checking for gcc... gcc -arch i386 -std=gnu99
>checking for C compiler default output file name... configure: error:
>C compiler cannot create executables
>See `config.log' for more details.
>ERROR: configuration failed for package 'rgdal'
>* Removing '/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library/rgdal'
>there is a C compiler problem?  I have XCode  3.1.2.
>Stephen Sefick
>On Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 10:05 AM, stephen sefick<ssefick at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  platform       i386-apple-darwin8.11.1
>>  arch           i386
>>  os             darwin8.11.1
>>  system         i386, darwin8.11.1
>>  status
>>  major          2
>>  minor          9.1
>>  year           2009
>>  month          06
>>  day            26
>>  svn rev        48839
>>  language       R
>>  version.string R version 2.9.1 (2009-06-26)
>>  gdal-config, proj, and ogr are in my path.  I type them at the shell
>>  prompt and they work.  They were installed using fink so they are in
>>  the /sw/bin directory.  The installation did not work without
>>  configuration flags and gave me the same error message that is at the
>>  end of the transcript, so I decided to tell R CMD install where proj
>>  was.  Below is the transcript of my session:
>>  sudo R CMD install --configure-args='--with-proj=/sw/bin/proj'
>>  rgdal_0.6-9.tar.gz
>>  Password:
>>  * Installing to library '/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library'
>>  * Installing *source* package 'rgdal' ...
>>  gdal-config: gdal-config
>>  checking for gcc... gcc -arch i386 -std=gnu99
>>  checking for C compiler default output file name... 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 -arch i386 -std=gnu99 accepts -g... yes
>>  checking for gcc -arch i386 -std=gnu99 option to accept ANSI C... 
>>none needed
>>  checking how to run the C preprocessor... gcc -arch i386 -std=gnu99 -E
>>  checking for egrep... grep -E
>>  checking for ANSI C header files... rm: conftest.dSYM: is a directory
>>  rm: conftest.dSYM: is a directory
>>  yes
>>  checking for sys/types.h... yes
>>  checking for sys/stat.h... yes
>>  checking for stdlib.h... yes
>>  checking for string.h... yes
>>  checking for memory.h... yes
>>  checking for strings.h... yes
>>  checking for inttypes.h... yes
>>  checking for stdint.h... yes
>>  checking for unistd.h... yes
>>  checking proj_api.h usability... no
>>  checking proj_api.h presence... no
>>  checking for proj_api.h... no
>>  Error: proj_api.h not found.
>>  If the PROJ.4 library is installed in a non-standard location,
>>  use --configure-args='--with-proj-include=/opt/local/include'
>  > for example, replacing /opt/local/* with appropriate values
>>  for your installation. If PROJ.4 is not installed, install it.
>>  ERROR: configuration failed for package 'rgdal'
>>  * Removing '/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/library/rgdal'
>>  any help would be greatly appreciated.
>Stephen Sefick
>Let's not spend our time and resources thinking about things that are
>so little or so large that all they really do for us is puff us up and
>make us feel like gods.  We are mammals, and have not exhausted the
>annoying little problems of being mammals.
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Don MacQueen
Environmental Protection Department
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA, USA

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