[Rd] binary R for Fedora Core 2 e tcl

Marc Schwartz MSchwartz at MedAnalytics.com
Tue May 25 17:04:27 CEST 2004

On Tue, 2004-05-25 at 07:41, Martyn Plummer wrote: 
> On Tue, 2004-05-25 at 13:04, juan_sr at uol.com.br wrote:
> > I update my linux version of FC1 for FC2.
> > 
> > FC2 uses tcl-8.4.5 and R-1.9.0 (rpm version for FC1, not install/not
> > run).
> > 
> > We have the rpm binary version at FC2?
> Not yet.  I was going to upgrade, but then Marc Schwartz pointed out
> this show-stopping bug, which may destroy your ability to dual-boot
> windows (as I still do)
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=115980
> I have FC2 installed on a test machine. The X server appears to be quite
> buggy (this should be no surprise as R has already been patched to work
> around one bug) and I have some difficulty getting the NIC to work, so I
> am not very impressed.
> Bottom line: If you use FC2 then you are on the bleeding edge, and quite
> possibly over it. I'll try to get RPMs ready for R 1.9.1 but I'm not
> going to hose any of my production machines for your benefit.
> Martyn

A follow on note to Martyn's, as he and I discussed this issue in Vienna
at useR!.

I downloaded the FC2 DVD iso image yesterday and will likely burn and
install it next weekend to see how things go. If I should bleed a
little, the good news is that my wife is a nurse...  ;-)

[I wonder if it was merely coincidence that my KLM flight from Amsterdam
back to Minneapolis on Sunday was named the Florence Nightingale....]

I also dual-boot FC1/WinXP, due to the need for some accounting software
that does not run properly under Linux (or Wine/CrossOver Office) yet.

I will not have to partition (or re-partition) my drive as that has
already been done (including a separate /home partition), so that should
hopefully avoid some of the pitfalls with the dual-boot scenario. The
issues appear to be related to problematic disk geometry representations
post FC2 partitioning operations. 

These issues when experienced, lead to at a minimum, problems booting
into Windows, to at a maximum, the complete loss of the Windows
partition and the data contained within it. This requires a reinstall of
Windows and restoration of offline backups. At minimum, a significant
loss of time.

I run nightly backups and my advice to anyone doing this is to have
offline backups of critical data, etc. before proceeding under this

In the mean time, pending an official R RPM that contains the requisite
fixes, for those using FC2, you can download a current R patched tarball
(so that it has the FC2 X related fixes) and compile/install from
source, presuming of course that you have installed the required FC2
devel packages.

I think that Martyn's consideration of waiting on a FC2 RPM for R 1.9.1
is reasonable, since that would be an official R release with the FC2
related fixes.  Otherwise, it becomes to an extent, an arbitrary
decision as to which R patched tarball to use as the basis for a R
1.9.0.X FC2 RPM. That could complicate support.


Marc Schwartz

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