[Rd] R installer

Simon Urbanek simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Fri Dec 7 16:32:07 CET 2007

On Dec 4, 2007, at 9:11 PM, Hin-Tak Leung wrote:

> Simon Urbanek wrote:
> <snipped>
>> Because it *is* the gcc files? (Note the "/local" in the paths.)  
>> Full R comes with GNU Fortran 4.2.1, because Apple doesn't offer  
>> any Fortran compiler and most other Fortran compiler binaries for  
>> Mac OS X out on the web are not really working well. It installs  
>> in /usr/local.
> <snipped>
> This is what I don't understand or agree on. The R windows installer  
> does *not* try to install any of mingw gcc or Rtools. Okay, you  
> cannot install source packages on windows without mingw gcc or  
> Rtools, but that's a caveate.
> If I were an Apple user (which I am not), there is a chance that I  
> might have my own gcc/gfortran in /usr/local and I surely do not  
> want R to temper with them. If you need runtime libgfortran support,  
> you should just bundle gfortran.so and gcc.so if necesary (there are  
> static alternatives), and put those in R's area.

That's exactly what we do. Apparently you didn't bother to read my e- 
mail (the part you "snipped") or to look at the installer. Please do  
your homework before posting wild (and false) speculations.


> (recently, I took enough trouble of bootstrapping gfortran 4.2.x
> for cross-compiling - see mingw-devel mailing list archive - because  
> mingw don't distribute that as binary. I have win32 R under wine,  
> but I really would *not* appreciate if win32 R tries to do anything  
> substantially more than just put itself in a directory...).
> <snipped>
>> 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.
> <snipped>
> Yeah, that apple box is *so* broken.:-).

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