[Rd] [R] Somewhat obscure bug in R 3.4.0 building from source
peter.carbonetto at gmail.com
Mon May 22 19:16:30 CEST 2017
Hi Peter, Duncan & Bert,
Thank you kindly for the responses.
Indeed, doc/NEWS.pdf is included in the source distribution, and then
removed upon "make clean".
I thought that it might be useful to report this for your benefit, but on
closer inspection it appears that I'm getting errors that arise due to
incompatibilities in my texlive and texinfo installations. This is the
error I get when trying to build NEWS.pdf using "R CMD Rd2pdf":
R CMD Rd2pdf --output=NEWS.pdf NEWS.Rd
Error in texi2dvi(file = file, pdf = TRUE, clean = clean, quiet = quiet, :
Running 'texi2dvi' on 'Rd2.tex' failed.
/software/texinfo-6.3-el7-x86_64/bin/texi2dvi: TeX neither supports
-recorder nor outputs \openout lines in its log file
I'm not sure what to make of this error exactly but perhaps it is
introduced by the latest version of texinfo (which seems to be a recurring
issue based on reading the help for texi2dvi in R):
texi2dvi (GNU Texinfo 6.3) 7353
On Sun, May 21, 2017 at 5:07 PM, Peter Dalgaard <pdalgd at gmail.com> wrote:
> Inline below...
> > On 21 May 2017, at 20:57 , Duncan Murdoch <murdoch.duncan at gmail.com>
> > On 21/05/2017 10:30 AM, Peter Carbonetto wrote:
> >> Hi,
> >> I uncovered a bug in installing R 3.4.0 from source in Linux, following
> >> standard procedure (configure; make; make install). Is this an
> >> place to report this bug? If not, can you please direct me to the
> >> appropriate place?
> > Generally R-devel is better; I've responded there.
> >> The error occurs only when I do "make clean" followed by "make" again;
> >> works the first time.
> >> The error is a failure to build NEWS.pdf:
> >> Error in texi2dvi(file = file, pdf = TRUE, clean = clean, quiet =
> quiet, :
> >> pdflatex is not available
> >> Calls: <Anonymous> -> texi2pdf -> texi2dvi
> >> Execution halted
> >> make: *** [NEWS.pdf] Error 1
> >> make: [docs] Error 2 (ignored)
> >> and can be reproduced wit the following sequence:
> >> ./configure
> >> make
> >> make clean
> >> make
> > We usually don't build in the source directory; see the second
> recommendation in the admin manual section 2.1. So it's possible there's a
> bug triggered when you do that. Can you try building in a separate
> Notice that the error is that "pdflatex" is missing from your setup. We
> do, for the benefit of users with defective TeX installations supply a
> pre-built NEWS.pdf (and NEWS.html too) in the source tarballs. However,
> they are technically make targets and make clean will wipe them; in that
> case, you had better have the tools to rebuild them!
> > Duncan Murdoch
> >> This suggests to me that perhaps "make clean" is not working.
> >> I'm happy to provide more details so that you are able to reproduce the
> >> Thanks,
> >> Peter Carbonetto, Ph.D.
> >> Computational Staff Scientist, Statistics & Genetics
> >> Research Computing Center
> >> University of Chicago
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