[R] Compiling R under Solaris

Thomas Lumley thomas at biostat.washington.edu
Thu Jan 14 18:07:32 CET 1999

On Thu, 14 Jan 1999, Caitlin Buck wrote:

> I am trying to compile R for Solaris 2.6 and am having problems.  I
> understand from the INSTALL file that I am not the first to struggle
> with this and that the problem probably relates to the version of make
> (or gmake) that I have.  Unfortunately, I don't know a) how to check
> which version I have or b) where to find other versions.

You currently need GNU make, though this requirement should eventually go
away. Sun make doesn't work.

If you have a Sun system you may have GNU make available as "gmake". 

GNU make identifies itself with the -v or --version flag
  wompom% gmake -v
  GNU Make version 3.74, by Richard Stallman and Roland McGrath.
  Copyright (C) 1988, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95 Free Software Foundation,Inc.
  This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.
  There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A

If you don't have GNU make you can get precompiled binaries that install
it /usr/local (so you need the system administrators cooperation) from

You can get the source code from any GNU mirror site and compile it
yourself. These are listed at

Thomas Lumley
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics
University of Washington, Seattle

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