[Rd] R install problem on MacOS 10.5.1 (PR#10476)

dankelley Dan.Kelley at dal.ca
Wed Dec 5 13:18:11 CET 2007

Simon, quoted below, is correct about the /usr/local/lib infinite-reference
being a problem.  In case it's of any use to other OSX users, my guess is
that macPorts caused that error.  I infer that based on the time at which
the symlink was created, which was at the time when I was trying to install
MacPorts.  (That install failed.  I cannot pin down the time too well
because it took several hours of compilation to fail.)

I am putting a link to a posting I made on this issue below, in case its
thread expands to provide good hints for other R/Leopard users.  (Simon's
suggestion about moving "lib 1" to "lib" worked for me.)


Simon Urbanek wrote:
> No. The failure is due to a strange symlink in /usr/local/lib that  
> points to itself. I suspect that this has something to do with an  
> upgrade from Tiger to Leopard or Xcode 3 installation and that Apple  
> actually creates that infinite symlink. Given that there is "/usr/loca/ 
> lib 1" lingering around, I'd bet that
> sudo rm /usr/local/lib
> sudo mv '/usr/local/lib 1' /usr/local/lib
> will fix the problem.

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