[Rd] any suggestions to deal with 'Argument list too long' for a R CMD check?

Whit Armstrong armstrong.whit at gmail.com
Tue Dec 9 22:13:37 CET 2008

Since, gcc was using upwards of 2gb of ram to compile my package, I
just split all the functions into individual files.

I guess I'm too clever for myself, because now I get hit with the
"Argument list too long" error.

Is there a way to deal with this aside from writing my own configure
script (which could possibly feed the gcc commands one by one).


[whit at linuxsvr]$ uname -a
Linux linuxsvr.kls.corp 2.6.18-92.1.18.el5 #1 SMP Wed Nov 5 09:00:19
EST 2008 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

from 00install.out:

* Installing *source* package 'RFincad' ...
** libs
g++ -I/usr/local/lib64/R/include  -I/usr/local/include
-I./RAbstraction -I./R.tslib.backend -I./tslib -fpic  -g -O2 -c
aaAccrual_days_act252.cpp -o aaAccrual_days_act2\
make: execvp: g++: Argument list too long
make: *** [aaAccrual_days_act252.o] Error 127
ERROR: compilation failed for package 'RFincad'
** Removing '/home/whit/dvl/fincad.utils/fincad.generate.R/RFincad.Rcheck/RFincad'

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