[Rd] Debian Woody r-base depends on blas2 (PR#1089)

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd@debian.org
Sat, 8 Sep 2001 14:17:18 -0500


  "Michael" == michael odonnell <michael_odonnell@acm.org> writes:
  Michael>  Full_Name: Michael J. O'Donnell Version: 1.3.1-1 OS: Linux,
  Michael> Debian Woody distribution Submission from: (NULL) (
  Michael> I tried to install the R packages for the Debian GNU/Linux Woody
  Michael> distribution.  I added "deb
  Michael> http://cran.r-project.org/bin/linux/debian woody main" to my
  Michael> /etc/apt/sources.list, and ran dselect with the apt-get method.  I
  Michael> selected all of the R packages that I could find. The installation
  Michael> appeared to fail, because r-base and r-recommended both depend on
  Michael> blas2.  I cannot find a Debian package for blas2 in the Debian
  Michael> archives, nor in the CRAN archives. blas1 is in the Debian
  Michael> archives for both Potato and Woody.  I also checked the package
  Michael> list for your Debian Potato distribution, and I found no
  Michael> dependence on blas2 nor on blas1 there.

Blas2 is a so-called "virtual package" which is provided by the actual blas1
package, as well as by any of the four atlas2 packages (atlas2-base,
atlas2-p3, atlas2-p4, atlas2-athlon). I highly recommended the atlas2
packages (esp if one matches your processor) as the speed gain can be
tremendous for linear algebra operations

Also, I'd recommend using apt-get instead of dselect; a simple

    $ apt-get update; apt-get install r-base

should have resolved that dependency for you.

Note that you can pick a closer mirror; I use cran.us.r-project.org.

Hope that helps,  Dirk

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