[Rd] gsl package on mavericks

Kasper Daniel Hansen kasperdanielhansen at gmail.com
Thu Oct 2 01:39:20 CEST 2014

I have only skimmed this issue.  But you check gsl version by compiling a
program with
#include <gsl/gsl.h>
This assumes, as far as I can see, that gsl/gsl.h is in the search path (I
know, it is the wrong technical term) of the compiler, which may not be the
case for a non-standard installation.  Above this code you end up with a
variable called GSL_CFLAGS.  Somehow, I would expect that the test program
has to be compiled using the settings revealed by GSL_CFLAGS, but I don't
see that happening (I am not an expert on autoconf, so it may happen behind
the scenes).  I think you need to somehow pass GSL_CFLAGS to AC_LANG_SOURCE.

This seems consistent with the reports on SO, where some people are using
brew which installs it in a location not part of the standard search path,
I think.


On Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 4:58 PM, robin hankin <hankin.robin at gmail.com> wrote:

> hello
> I maintain the gsl R package, and many users have recently reported that
> the package
> does not install from source under macosx 10.9 ("mavericks").
> Users typically install the gnu GSL library and are able to compile and run
> a small "hello world" program which executes some of the Bessel
> functionality
> of the library; but under mavericks the configure script (which uses
> gsl-config as a probe) does not seem to detect which version of the
> installed library is, giving a "Need GSL version >= 1.12" error.  The most
> recent version of the gnu GSL library is 1.16.
> The CRAN package check page shows that the gsl R package is clean under
> every other architecture.
> There is a thread on stackoverflow about this very issue:
> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/24781125/installing-r-gsl-package-on-mac
> where several people post either workarounds or suggestions.  However, it
> is not clear whether there is some defect in the configure.ac script, or
> the problem is due to mavericks, or it might even lie in newer versions of
> the gnu GSL library.
> The package gsl_1.9-10.tar.gz  installs correctly from source for me on my
> system, macosx 10.9.4, R-3.1.1, GSL-1.16, so it is difficult for me to
> investigate users' reports.
> Can anyone advise?
> --
> Robin Hankin
> Neutral theorist
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