R-alpha: libf2c as a shared library

Kurt Hornik Kurt.Hornik@ci.tuwien.ac.at
Fri, 22 Aug 1997 11:52:21 +0200

>>>>> Martyn Plummer writes:

> At 15:15 21/08/97, p.dalgaard@kubism.ku.dk wrote:
>> Ross Ihaka <ihaka@stat.auckland.ac.nz> writes:
>>> It should be easy to package the libf2c sources as an R library.
>>> I'm hesitant to put it into the core R distribution, because it
>>> adds a lot of source, although this would ensure that it was always
>>> available.
>>> So, should it go in the R core, or to CRAN?
>>> Ross
>> CRAN. Linuxites have in their distributions already, for instance.
>> Nothing good will come from having it twice. Possibly in different
>> versions... 

> I agree. The require function is designed to take care of this situation
> surely? Indeed, there is already a contributed library (survival) which
> depends on another contributed library (splines).

Hmm ... not so fast ...

Does this also affect the parts of f2c that are already come with R?
I.e., if compiled without a Fortran compiler and a shared libf2c is
found, would R be linked dynamically against that and a corresponding
statement added to the site-wide init file?


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