[R-SIG-Mac] New {macrtools} package to help setup compiled code environments on Intel and ARM-based macs

Balamuta, James Joseph b@|@mut2 @end|ng |rom ||||no|@@edu
Fri Mar 24 09:37:19 CET 2023


Thanks! Unfortunately, this is a hiccup with the download portion of the R Developer binaries [1] from the {recipes} system on CRAN [2]. It looks like the system might have been in mid-update or we overloaded it with download requests. Ewk! I’ll try to see if we can meter the requests with a .1 second delay or so.

If you re-run in a few moments the installation command:


Only the development binaries from the {recipes} system will be installed. (Xcode CLI and gfortran will be skipped as they are now both installed and configured.) These binaries are mainly if you want to compiled R from source.



[1]: https://mac.r-project.org/bin/
[2]: https://github.com/R-macos/recipes

From: Adrian Dușa <dusa.adrian using unibuc.ro>
Date: Friday, March 24, 2023 at 1:23 AM
To: Balamuta, James Joseph <balamut2 using illinois.edu>
Cc: r-sig-mac using r-project.org <r-sig-mac using r-project.org>
Subject: Re: [R-SIG-Mac] New {macrtools} package to help setup compiled code environments on Intel and ARM-based macs
Just went through the commands, on a new MacBook Pro with M2 Max, MacOS Ventura 13.2.1
I already had Xcode CLI installed, and the gfortran installation went well until it stopped at the icu binary:

Downloading binary:  https://mac.R-project.org/bin/darwin20/arm64/icu-71.1-darwin.20-arm64.tar.xz<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/mac.R-project.org/bin/darwin20/arm64/icu-71.1-darwin.20-arm64.tar.xz__;!!DZ3fjg!9LMgelsxLau-BxmqYfTzEgA5QxjuoqHFp02eITeYGSW7nC7z5UaC3sVUyHrNEViohimWHrssIYGDOTdLx7mgKYrgDfM$> ...
trying URL 'https://mac.R-project.org/bin/darwin20/arm64/icu-71.1-darwin.20-arm64.tar.xz<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/mac.R-project.org/bin/darwin20/arm64/icu-71.1-darwin.20-arm64.tar.xz__;!!DZ3fjg!9LMgelsxLau-BxmqYfTzEgA5QxjuoqHFp02eITeYGSW7nC7z5UaC3sVUyHrNEViohimWHrssIYGDOTdLx7mgKYrgDfM$>'
Content type 'application/octet-stream' length 11923364 bytes (11.4 MB)
downloaded 4.9 MB

Error in utils::download.file(url, save_location, quiet = !verbose) :
  download from 'https://mac.R-project.org/bin/darwin20/arm64/icu-71.1-darwin.20-arm64.tar.xz<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/mac.R-project.org/bin/darwin20/arm64/icu-71.1-darwin.20-arm64.tar.xz__;!!DZ3fjg!9LMgelsxLau-BxmqYfTzEgA5QxjuoqHFp02eITeYGSW7nC7z5UaC3sVUyHrNEViohimWHrssIYGDOTdLx7mgKYrgDfM$>' failed
In addition: Warning messages:
1: In utils::download.file(url, save_location, quiet = !verbose) :
  downloaded length 5095370 != reported length 11923364
2: In utils::download.file(url, save_location, quiet = !verbose) :
  URL 'https://mac.R-project.org/bin/darwin20/arm64/icu-71.1-darwin.20-arm64.tar.xz<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/mac.R-project.org/bin/darwin20/arm64/icu-71.1-darwin.20-arm64.tar.xz__;!!DZ3fjg!9LMgelsxLau-BxmqYfTzEgA5QxjuoqHFp02eITeYGSW7nC7z5UaC3sVUyHrNEViohimWHrssIYGDOTdLx7mgKYrgDfM$>': Timeout of 60 seconds was reached

Not sure if it helps, but still reporting.

Best wishes,

On 24 Mar 2023 at 10:04:25, "Balamuta, James Joseph" <balamut2 using illinois.edu<mailto:balamut2 using illinois.edu>> wrote:

Hope all is well.

About a month or so back, we revisited the **unofficial** macOS R compilation toolchain setup wizard with a focus on making it more maintainable without an Apple developer subscription. The result is the new {macrtools} R package. You can learn more about it here:

GitHub: https://github.com/coatless-mac/macrtools<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/github.com/coatless-mac/macrtools__;!!DZ3fjg!9LMgelsxLau-BxmqYfTzEgA5QxjuoqHFp02eITeYGSW7nC7z5UaC3sVUyHrNEViohimWHrssIYGDOTdLx7mgIYJRnkw$>
Documentation: https://mac.thecoatlessprofessor.com/macrtools/<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/mac.thecoatlessprofessor.com/macrtools/__;!!DZ3fjg!9LMgelsxLau-BxmqYfTzEgA5QxjuoqHFp02eITeYGSW7nC7z5UaC3sVUyHrNEViohimWHrssIYGDOTdLx7mgEHZj8Q8$>
Video walkthrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fckF0fefXQ<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fckF0fefXQ__;!!DZ3fjg!9LMgelsxLau-BxmqYfTzEgA5QxjuoqHFp02eITeYGSW7nC7z5UaC3sVUyHrNEViohimWHrssIYGDOTdLx7mgluEy5Rk$>

The package setups the required components for the macOS R compilation toolchain on both Intel-based and Arm-based macs with just the issuance in R of:


This will attempt to install:

 *   Xcode CLI
 *   gfortran
 *   R Development binaries

We’re grateful for the early testing feedback from both Bob Rudis and Adam H Sparks related to ARM-based macs and Simon Urbanek’s help with unpacking binaries as well as the install user prompt best practices note. (Note: This is not an endorsement from Simon or CRAN. This is an **unofficial** project to support macOS users who are not familiar with command-line tools.)

We hope this improves the experience in setting up the compilation toolchain and lowers the barrier of entry for using packages like RStan and RcppArmadillo.

James J Balamuta, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Statistics
Office of the CIO – Innovation Scholar and Advisor
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

"The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see."
~ John Tukey

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