[R] Installing R on Red Hat Linux, Tcl/Tk
wettenhall at wehi.edu.au
Fri Sep 5 14:13:13 CEST 2003
I've been trying to install R on Red Hat Linux 9 for some
potential users of my R/TclTk application. I tried using the
rpm for R 1.7.1 for Red Hat Linux 9. It told me that I needed:
so I looked for a binary release of Tcl 8.3.x on
but found that the link to the Tcl 8.3.x binaries pointed to
ActiveTcl 8.4.x . I couldn't see the old 8.3.x binaries
anywhere. ActiveTcl is a nice easy way to get the extensions
like Tktable, but it seemed to be the wrong version.
I tried building tcl and tk 8.3 from source. tcl was built
succesfully and installed in /usr/local/lib/tcl8.3 but I wasn't
able to build tk: errors like "foo has been defined previously"
Then I tried installing tcl and tk from the Red Hat CD
(using rpms). Then when I installed R 1.7.1 from the rpm it
seemed to work, except that:
couldn't find a usable tk.tcl and it seemed to be
looking in /usr/local/lib/tk8.3 whereas the rpms from the Red
Hat CD were installed elsewhere (/usr/share/ I think) and
rpm -i --prefix
didn't work. (tk was "not relocatable".)
Things started to work better after I copied /usr/share/tk8.3 to
/usr/local/lib/tk8.3/ (but I initially forgot to do the same
with tcl so was probably using the version I built from source).
So now library(tcltk) seems to be working, but I'm getting
segmentation faults if I try to use Tktable, after doing
addTclPath("/usr/local/ActiveTcl/lib"). (Installing ActiveTcl
seemed easier than building Tcl/Tk extensions from source.)
So maybe I need to build Tktable --with tcl8.3 and tk8.3.
I expect to be able to sort this out pretty soon, but I'm just
wondering whether the R/Linux gurus out there have any general
advice about whether it is better to use rpms or install from
source and whether anyone has an rpm for R 1.7.x configured to
work with libtcl8.4.so (available from ActiveTcl).
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