[R] Cannot update some packages after upgrade to 2.1.1

Kevin E. Thorpe kevin.thorpe at utoronto.ca
Fri Jul 15 20:06:21 CEST 2005

I just upgraded to version 2.1.1 (from 2.0.1) today.

 > R.version
platform i686-pc-linux-gnu
arch     i686
os       linux-gnu
system   i686, linux-gnu
major    2
minor    1.1
year     2005
month    06
day      20
language R

I am using SuSE 9.2 and did the upgrade using rpm -U with the RPM
available on CRAN.  After upgrading r-base, I ran update.packages().
Four previously installed packages failed to update:

	Matrix (0.95-5 to 0.97-4)
	gam (0.93 to 0.94)
	lme4 (0.95-3 to 0.96-1)
	mgcv (1.3-1 to 1.3-4)

In the case of Matrix, gam and mgcv I get the message:

	[long path]/ld: cannot find -lf77blas

In the case of lme4 the messages are:

** preparing package for lazy loading
Error in setMethod("coef", signature(object = "lmList"), function(object,  :
         no existing definition for function 'coef'
Error: unable to load R code in package 'lme4'
Execution halted
ERROR: lazy loading failed for package 'lme4'

I have searched the SuSE repository for any package that provides
f77blas but came up empty.

I also could not identify any relevant messages in the mailing list

Is R looking for that library because it was present on the machine
the RPM was built on?  Would building R myself solve the missing library
problem or did I do something wrong?

Kevin E. Thorpe
Biostatistician/Trialist, Knowledge Translation Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
email: kevin.thorpe at utoronto.ca  Tel: 416.946.8081  Fax: 416.971.2462

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