[Rd] Fwd: help building very old R

David Hugh-Jones d@vidhughjone@ @ending from gm@il@com
Mon Jul 30 06:35:12 CEST 2018

Hi guys,

Perhaps someone here can help.

I am trying to build versions of R 1 for the rcheology package (just
arrived on CRAN).

For R prior to 1.5.0, I cannot configure support for tcl-tk.

I am building on Debian Woody (provided by Docker debian/eol) and have the
following packages installed:
r-base-dev tclx8.3-dev tk8.3-dev xvfb xbase-clients x-window-system-core

I download R source from http://cran.r-project.org/src/base/R-1 and run

./configure --with-tcl-tk=yes

These are the locations for the relevant tkConfig.sh and tclConfig.sh files.
This gives output as follows:

R is now configured for x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu

  Source directory:          .
  Installation directory:    /usr/local

  C compiler:                gcc  -g -O2
  C++ compiler:              c++  -g -O2
  FORTRAN compiler:          g77  -g -O2
  X11 support:               yes
  Gnome support:             no
  Tcl/Tk support:            no
  R profiling support:       yes
  R as a shared library:     no

And config.log reveals:
configure:13099: checking for /usr/lib/tcl8.3/tclConfig.sh
configure:13134: checking for /usr/lib/tk8.3/tkConfig.sh
configure:13204: checking for /usr/include/tcl8.3/tcl.h
configure:13214: gcc -E -I/usr/local/include conftest.c >/dev/null
configure:13313: checking for /usr/include/tk8.3/tk.h
configure:13323: gcc -E -I/usr/local/include -I/usr/X11R6/include
/tcl8.3 conftest.c >/dev/null 2>conftest.out
configure:13319: /usr/include/tk8.3/tk.h: No such file or directory
configure: failed program was:
#line 13318 "configure"
#include "confdefs.h"
#include </usr/include/tk8.3/tk.h>
configure:13348: checking for /usr/include/tk.h
configure:13358: gcc -E -I/usr/local/include -I/usr/X11R6/include
/tcl8.3 conftest.c >/dev/null 2>conftest.out
configure:13354: /usr/include/tk.h: No such file or directory
configure: failed program was:
#line 13353 "configure"
#include "confdefs.h"
#include </usr/include/tk.h>
configure:13385: checking for tk.h
configure:13389: tk.h: No such file or directory

In fact, tk.h is in  /usr/include/tcl8.3/ , despite the failed program
compilation report.

R 1.5.0 and above work fine. Can anyone remember far back, if something
changed in the configure script?

Alternatively, those who are feeling brave can download the Docker image
creation scripts from github.com/hughjonesd/rcheology .


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