[R] RE: mvtnorm package installation failure

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Tue Jul 9 21:23:04 CEST 2002

Sorry to be pedantic but you are a little careless about version numbers ....

> It was actually Debian "testing" that has R 1.4.0. Debian "stable" has R 0.9 or something really old
> like that. 

1.4.1 last I checked, and that is in the Debian mirrors (where testing is frozen, hence the older version). 
On CRAN it should be 1.5.1, built on my testing system.

> Anyways, I did what A.J. Rossini suggested:
> # apt-get install libreadline4-dev
> Then I installed R-1.5.1 from Debian "unstable". The installation of "mvtnorm" has no trouble after this.

As I told you to as well, yes.
> I think that you are probably right: the "unstable" version of R 1.5.1 on Debian is built without readline

Most definitely not.   What I was referring to is that you claimed that your installation initially worked on
against R 1.4.0, from which I deduced that this might have been built without readline or else it would have
depended on it at link time too.

> support for some reasons. Or it has something to do with broken Debian dependency? 

There is no broken depends. You didn't have your ducks aligned, and mvtnorm didn't check for them

Anyway, this is getting off-topic.  Debian-specific issues should probably be kept off this general R list.
Use the Debian Bug Tracking Service, or email me privately.

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