[Rd] Re: [R] R on gentoo amd64 (gcc 3.3.3) is unstable --- no!

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun Aug 29 15:44:20 CEST 2004

You are 8 days behind the times -- take a look at the current R-devel.

On Sun, 29 Aug 2004, Diman Todorov wrote:

> Dear Dirk,
> I have had the exactly same problem like Ivo and his solution worked for me.
> Hence the USE=f77 flag is NOT a typo but a Gentoo quirk.
> As far as modifying the configure script is concerned, I believe that it is certainly
> possible to perform said check (if 'f77 --version == f2c' then die)
> only on x86_64 platforms.
> And I'd argue it is f2c's fault. AMD64 linux distros have been known to have troubles of this sort
> especially as far as compilers are concerned.
> regards
> Diman Todorov
> On Sat, Aug 21, 2004 at 06:59:14AM -0700, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
> > 
> > peter/brian:  thank you for the help.  i can now report that gentoo 
> > amd64 can compile R just fine, too; it requires the f77 USE flag and a
> (Err, no such thing exists: either g77, f2c or the fort77 wrapper for f2c.)
> > gcc compiler rebuild first, though.  I also went to gcc 3.4.1.  my 
> > segfault troubles earlier were caused by my use of f2c.
> > 
> > suggestion: would it be possible to add a code snippet  that tests 
> > whether the user is trying to compile with f2c and if so, bombs the 
> > installation?  (if "f77 --version == f2c" then die)  I know the 
> Bad idea. 
> My Debian configuration, driven from a single configuration, is used on
> about a dozen different platforms. One of these, m68k, has a continually
> been problematic with g77, which forces us to use f2c. 
> And despite your fears, that is working swimmingly for R as well as the by
> now 40 or so CRAN packages that are in the distro too, incl the ones like
> VR, Hmisc/Design, tseries, ... that contain Fortran code.
> > problems are not R's fault, but it can percolate into R and it can 
> > protect people like myself.
> I'd argue that it wasn't f2c's fault, but maybe an unlucky mix of parts of
> your toolchain (gcc, binutils, libc, ...).
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