[Rd] Makevars that distinguish between OSX and *NIX

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Nov 28 15:47:10 CET 2012

On 28/11/2012 14:36, sgerber wrote:
> Hi
> Is there a similar way to create a specific Makevars for OSX versus *NIX
> systems as for Windows, e.g. a Makervars.osx ?
> If not what is there another lean solution to create system specific
> Makevars? I need to link differently depending on whether I am on *NIX
> or OSX (specifically link to OpenGL).

Well, OS X (sic) is a certified UNIX!

This is what a 'configure' script is used for (e.g. by package rgl). 
But you can write conditional code in commands in the Makevars, e.g. by

if test `uname` = "Darwin" ; then

Please do not use GNU make misfeatures to do this if you want it to be 
portable (see 'Writing R Extensions').

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