[R-SIG-Mac] R 3.0.0 beta

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Mar 20 10:23:03 CET 2013

R 3.0.0 is due to be released on Apr 3, and is now in beta.  Simon is 
travelling but before he left put up a binary distribution at 
.   A high proportion of CRAN is available as binary packages, and we 
will improve that over the next two weeks.

UseRs and especially package developers are encouraged to try this out. 
  For CRAN packages there are logs available at 
http://cran.r-project.org/web/checks/check_results_NAME.html (replace 
NAME by the name of your package).

Note that there are quite a few changes in this pre-release:

- it requires Snow Leopard or later.

- it is x86_64 only and sub-architectures are not used.

- the recommended compilers have changed and the CRAN distribution uses 
rather specific names for them to make it easier to match them.  Those 
compilers need Xcode 4.2 or later and (if relevant) a Fortran compiler 
from http://r.research.att.com.  Note that the binary is set up for the 
matching gfortran for 10.6: if you have Lion or Mountain Lion you will 
need to edit FLIBS in etc/Makeconf.

- the relevant manuals are part of the distribution, or see 
http://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/r-devel/R-admin.html, especially 
chapter 4 and sections 6.3.2 and C.4.

I've reported most of the issues thrown up with CRAN packages to their 
maintainers.  Common issues are

- including headers such as R.h which have #defines before system 
headers and/or without R_NO_REMAP or similar (see 'Writing R Extensions').

- misuse of 'inline' in C code: only 'static inline' is really portable.

- lack of care with OpenMP: the CRAN distribution does not support 
OpenMP and this toolchain has flaky OpenMP support.

Note too that checking with clang (at least the version in Xcode 4.6) 
rather than gcc shows up further problems: the R-admin manual shows you 
how to set that up for yourself.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
1 South Parks Road,                     +44 1865 272866 (PA)
Oxford OX1 3TG, UK                Fax:  +44 1865 272595

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