[Rd] Problem building R

Peter Dalgaard p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Tue Jul 19 21:24:42 CEST 2005

Jeff Gentry <jgentry at jimmy.harvard.edu> writes:

> I initially thought this only was the case for me on R-devel, but also
> just tested it on the current R-patched and R-2.1.1 (so perhaps this more
> belongs on R-help, but ...).
> I'm having an odd error with the makefiles in src/library/XXX while
> building R.  When it tries to create the 'po' directory, the Makefile
> specifies:
> 	@if test -d $(srcdir)/inst/po; then \
> 	  $(MKINSTALLDIRS) $(top_builddir)/library/$(pkg)/po; \
> 	  cp -pr  $(srcdir)/inst/po/* $(top_builddir)/library/$(pkg)/po; \
> 	  find "$(top_builddir)/library/$(pkg)/po" -name .svn -type d
> -prune \
> 	   -exec rm -rf \{\} \; 2>/dev/null; \
> 	fi
> However, mine dies with the error:
> make[3]: Entering directory
> `/mnt/disk2/home/jgentry/R-devel/src/library/base'
> building package 'base'
> all.R is unchanged
> make[3]: *** [all] Error 127
> make[3]: Leaving directory
> `/mnt/disk2/home/jgentry/R-devel/src/library/base'
> make[2]: *** [R] Error 1
> If I put an echo in between the find and the 'fi', it will no longer throw
> an error and go to the next package (where it will fail as I didn't put
> the echo in there, presumably I could go and put an echo in all of the
> base packages and my install would work though).
> Has anyone seen this?
> FWIW I'm using an AMD x86_64 machine, running RHEL WS 3.2
> Thanks

Hi Jeff,

Hmm, it's not happening for me on FC4/x86_64.

You seen to be building in the source directory. Could you try with a
separate builddir? 

Perhaps get rid of the @ in @if and the 2>/dev/null so we get to see a
bit more of the the error messages.

What you're seeing is consistent with an error return from find, I
think. So perhaps look at the permission in the srcdir? Just a

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