[Rd] Quick notes on R with F7

Hin-Tak Leung hin-tak.leung at cimr.cam.ac.uk
Wed Jun 6 22:09:24 CEST 2007

FWIW, I did an in-place upgrade via Yum
(http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/YumUpgradeFaq) and it is viable -
in fact I did the upgrade+reboot remotely; R and mingw-cross both
seem to survive the upgrade.
$ rpm -qa |wc -l
$ rpm -qa |grep 'fc6' |wc -l
$ rpm -qa |grep 'fc7' |wc -l

Before upgrade I had 1984 rpm's.

One strangeness I noticed about emacs is that it stays at the splash 
screen and doesn't display the specified file to be edited until control-L.


Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> Marc,
> Thanks for the report.  We had noted the release date for F7 as one of the 
> milestones to take account of in scheduling 2.5.1, and thought we might 
> just know an early adopter.  Unfortunately the other milestone (the 
> release of gcc 4.2.0 for MinGW has not happened on the promised date, June 
> 1, AFAICS).
> [Before anyone asks, 2.5.1 is not yet scheduled.]
> Brian
> On Wed, 6 Jun 2007, Marc Schwartz wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Just a quick heads up that I made the plunge into F7 this week.
>> R version 2.5.0 Patched (2007-06-05 r41831) compiles and passes make
>> check-all.  F7 is using:
>> [marcs at Bellerophon ~]$ gcc --version
>> gcc (GCC) 4.1.2 20070502 (Red Hat 4.1.2-12)
>> Some quick F7 notes:
>> 1. Do a clean install rather than an 'in place' upgrade from FC6 or a
>> prior version. There are a lot of changes, not the least of which is the
>> consolidation of Extras and Core into a single release.
>> 2. There will be some '.fc6' suffixed RPMS installed if there were no
>> changes from the FC6 versions. I have 91 of them, out of a total of 1545
>> installed RPMS.  Note that the F7 version RPM suffix is 'fc7', not
>> 'f7' ...
>> 3. There are some issues with SELinux and policies, so I have reverted
>> to running in 'Permissive' mode for the time being.
>> 4. Do not use 'rhgb' (the Red Hat Graphical Boot) on the kernel boot
>> parameters in grub.conf. Especially if (like me) there are boot time
>> prompts (such as dmcrypt-LUKS passphrases) that need to be input during
>> boot. This interaction requires going from graphical to text mode and
>> back, presumably switching virtual terminals. This may be unique to
>> nVidia based video hardware, but there seems to be some issues with VT
>> switching, which also seems to cause problems for the 'Fast User
>> Switching' features new to F7. The symptoms include partially drawn
>> windows, incomplete logins and X freezes.
>> 5. Emacs 22 has been released and is part of F7. From a quick look, it
>> would appear that the 'xft/anti-aliasing' font support available from
>> the CVS branch of 22 is not part of the formal stable release tree. Thus
>> I will continue to use the version 23 Unicode branch from CVS, along
>> with the latest ECB (cvs snap) and CEDET (1.0pre4 was just released
>> today) tool versions.
>> 6. The rumors/intentions of TeXLive being part of F7 were premature and
>> teTeX is still in place. This is apparently due to the decision on the
>> part of the Fedora leadership folks that TeXLive is not yet ready for
>> prime time.
>> Other than that, things seem to be well, but I suspect that there will
>> be many updates coming in the first 30 days or so...the Fedora lists
>> have been quite busy...
>> HTH,
>> Marc Schwartz
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