R-alpha: Can we "require" 1) GNU make, 2) Perl -- for help "compiling"?

Anthony Rossini rossini@stat.sc.edu
25 Aug 1997 11:51:26 -0400

>>>>> "Martin" == Martin Maechler <maechler@stat.math.ethz.ch> writes:

    Martin>    Currently, I believe that this would be much easier /
    Martin>    nicer if I could require GNU make (which all Linuxers
    Martin>    have anyway) for doing these.  I could then use things
    Martin>    such as $(shell: ...)  $(wildcard: ...), etc.

    Martin>  Is this ok with all of you?

    Martin> 2) Even more extreme: Can we require __Perl__ to be
    Martin>    available for most (for all who want to build
    Martin>    help/html/tex files themselves)?

    Martin> What do you think?

Fine for Unix platforms.  Both are easy to build (easier than R, sort
of), and can be installed in a personal account.

I'm worried about the Mac and W95 platforms.  Ross and Robert?


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