[Rd] hpc r configure not recognizing zlib

Martyn Plummer plummerm at iarc.fr
Thu Jun 22 17:49:24 CEST 2017

You do not need to compile R from source on RHEL 6. If you enable the
EPEL repository then you can install the binary RPM via yum. See


Tom Callaway, who maintains the Red Hat binaries of R, statically links
up-to-date versions of bzip2, xz, pcre, and curl into R.


PS The R-SIG-Fedora list is a more appropriate mailing list for this
topic: https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-sig-fedora

On Thu, 2017-06-22 at 14:19 +0000, Hamidi, Bashir wrote:
> System: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6.5 (Santiago)
> I’ve installed zlib 1.2.11 on the home folder of a Red Hat HPC as
> part of the process for installing R base 3.4.0.
> I get this error even after successful install of zlib
> checking for inflateInit2_ in -lz... no
> checking whether zlib support suffices... configure: error: zlib
> library and headers are required
>  I’ve checked R documentation and configure file for the issue of R
> requiring version newer than 1.2.6 but not lexicographically
> recognizing 1.2.11 as >1.2.6, and that particular bug was patched in
> 3.4.
> Any suggestion and/or input would be much appreciated.
> Regards,
> Bashir
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