[Rd] alloca() on FreeBSD (PR#7890)

ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Jun 6 13:24:26 CEST 2005

On Mon, 23 May 2005 vangyzen at stat.duke.edu wrote:

> Full_Name: Eric van Gyzen
> Version: 2.1.0
> OS: FreeBSD 5.4
> Submission from: (NULL) (
> R-2.1.0 fails to compile on the newest release of FreeBSD, complaining about
> undefined references to __builtin_alloca.  On FreeBSD, alloca() is declared in
> stdlib.h, not alloca.h as the R sources expect.  Therefore, HAVE_DECL_ALLOCA
> does not get set, so the R sources declare alloca() after it has already been
> #defined by stdlib.h.
> A possible fix is to modify the configure script to look for the declaration of
> alloca() in stdlib.h (perhaps after it fails to find it in alloca.h).

It is already supposed to, so it is not finding the declaration there 
either. If you look up the definition of

AC_CHECK_DECLS([alloca], , , [#include <alloca.h>])

it searches in stdlib.h.  Can you please send us the appropriate part of 
config.log?  It may be that this is failing because alloca.h is not found
(but AC_FUNC_ALLOCA is making the same assumptions).

Perhaps the easiest way out is to override the setting on FreeBSD: can 
you please confirm that manually changing


in config.h works?

> This was previously reported in PR#7881.

So please don't open a new report on the subject!

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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