[Rd] Problem building R with Sun Studio Compiler

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Jul 17 12:32:15 CEST 2007

On Mon, 16 Jul 2007, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:

> The R-admin manual did tell you not to do that!
>  When using the Sun compilers do @emph{not} specify @option{-fast}, as
>  this disables @acronym{IEEE} arithmetic and @command{make check} will
>  fail.
> That was for Solaris and SunStudio 11, but I presume these are basically the 
> same compilers.  (--fast has been a no-no for as long as I have been using R 
> on Solaris, ca 10 years.)

There is another problem with -fast on x86 that is probably the cause of 
your problem.  It implies -nofstore, and we needed to force storage on 
some Fortran routines under g77/gfortran to avoid an infinite loop.

However, even if you set SAFE_FFLAGS, the likely problems with IEC60559 
compliance remain.

> On Mon, 16 Jul 2007, Len Zaifman wrote:
>> I would like to Build R-2.5.1 on OpenSUSE 10.2 using the SunStudio 12
>> compilers(http://developers.sun.com/sunstudio/index.jsp)
>> R builds and passes make check fine without optimising. However, when I try 
>> to compile with optimisation turned on
>> (-fast) the build gets stuck in an infinite loop  at the following point:
>> Sun_Studio/sunstudio12/bin/cc -m64 -shared -Kpic   -m64 -fPIC  -o 
>> grDevices.so chull.o devNull.o devPicTeX.o devPS.o
>> devQuartz.o init.o
>> mkdir -p -- ../../../../library/grDevices/libs
>> make[5]: Leaving directory 
>> `/export/home/leonardz/ccb/HPF/support/R-2.5.1/ss12/R-2.5.1/src/library/grDevices/src'
>> make[4]: Leaving directory 
>> `/export/home/leonardz/ccb/HPF/support/R-2.5.1/ss12/R-2.5.1/src/library/grDevices/src'
>> R is running at this point and will run for as long as I do not kill it. If 
>> I compile without -fast the next line in the make is:
>> make[3]: Entering directory 
>> `/export/home/leonardz/ccb/HPF/support/R-2.5.1/ss12/R-2.5.1/src/library/graphics'
>> and the entire package builds and make check verifies correctly. Any ideas 
>> on why this is happening?
>> The build works fine for gcc as well.

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