[R-sig-ME] Failure to load lme4 on Mac

Simon Urbanek simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Fri Jul 16 14:48:31 CEST 2010

On Jul 15, 2010, at 7:54 PM, Douglas Bates wrote:

> On Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 6:47 PM, Daniel Myall <daniel.lists at zeno.co.nz> wrote:
>> I've attempted to reproduce the error seen on the CRAN on several Mac OS X
>> machines and haven't been able to. I'm able to build the CRAN lme4 version
>> and the svn versions of lme4 and lme4a without issues.
>> There is obviously an interaction with lme4 and the version of xcode
>> installed on the CRAN Mac OS build machine that is resulting in the test
>> failure. Is there a page that details the setup of the Mac OS X CRAN build
>> machine?
>> I'm happy to determine what is going on and attempt to resolve this (it will
>> mean I don't have to custom compile lme4 for users all the time).
> Thank you Daniel.   Simon Urbanek is the person who coordinates the
> Mac OS X builds so it might be best if you could share your
> experiences on successful building with him and perhaps determine why
> the CRAN builds are encountering the error.  I think it unlikely that
> it would be due to an out-of-date Xcode compiler set as usually Simon
> is one of the people working with the most recent tools.

The CRAN machine is Mac OS X 10.5.8 with Xcode 3.1.4 (using gcc-4.2) which is indeed the latest Xcode version for Leopard. If you have any hints as of why lme4 may be failing they are highly appreciated.


> I believe that Simon, who I have cc'd on this response, may be on
> vacation or otherwise away from his email this week.  I suggest that
> you pursue the issue with him off-list when he is available again.
>> Daniel
>> On 16/07/10 10:13 AM, Douglas Bates wrote:
>>>>> Neither Martin nor I use Mac OS and we can't reproduce the problem on
>>>>> other operating systems so we are kind of stuck.
>>>>> Apparently it is a matter of one of the tests failing but without
>>>>> access to a system that exhibits the failure I wouldn't know where to
>>>>> start debugging.  Is some kind person using Mac OS were to download
>>>>> and test the package and provide some details about the nature of the
>>>>> failure we might be able to get started.
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