[R] Cross-compilation of R and ld bug ?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Jan 8 18:39:26 CET 2007

There are two problems here:

1) your binutils is not current.
2) your R is not current.

Updating either will solve this, but please update both.
Almost up-to-date cross-compilers are (as ever) available from


(If you want to compile R-devel you will need to update the mingw, which 
can be done from the i386 distribution.  I will rebuild the 
cross-compilers in due course.)

On Mon, 8 Jan 2007, Stéphane Dray wrote:

> Hello list,
> I would like to cross-compile R packages using R 2.4.0. I am working on
> Linux Debian and cross-compiled (windows binaries) without problems with
> older R version.
> I have used the doc of Yan and Rossini in the contributed section of the
> R documentation (same version of MinGW...).
> When I try to cross-compile R (make R), the procedure stopped and returns :
> ************************************
> i586-mingw32-windres  --include-dir ../include -i dllversion.rc -o
> dllversion.o
> i586-mingw32-gcc  -shared -s -mwindows -o R.dll R.def console.o
> dataentry.o dynl oad.o edit.o editor.o embeddedR.o extra.o opt.o pager.o
> preferences.o psignal.o rhome.o rui.o run.o shext.o sys-win32.o system.o
> e_pow.o malloc.o ../main/libmai n.a ../appl/libappl.a
> ../nmath/libnmath.a graphapp/ga.a getline/gl.a ../extra/xd r/libxdr.a
> ../extra/zlib/libz.a ../extra/pcre/libpcre.a ../extra/bzip2/libbz2.a
> ../extra/intl/libintl.a ../extra/trio/libtrio.a dllversion.o -L. -lg2c
> -lRblas - lcomctl32 -lversion
> ../extra/pcre/libpcre.a(pcre_dfa_exec.o):pcre_dfa_exec.c:(.text+0x1703):
> undefin ed reference to `__pcre_ucp_findprop'
> ../extra/pcre/libpcre.a(pcre_dfa_exec.o):pcre_dfa_exec.c:(.text+0x1740):
> undefin ed reference to `__pcre_ucp_findprop'
> ../extra/pcre/libpcre.a(pcre_dfa_exec.o):pcre_dfa_exec.c:(.text+0x1848):
> undefin ed reference to `__pcre_ucp_findprop'
> ../extra/pcre/libpcre.a(pcre_dfa_exec.o):pcre_dfa_exec.c:(.text+0x187f):
> undefin ed reference to `__pcre_ucp_findprop'
> ../extra/pcre/libpcre.a(pcre_dfa_exec.o):pcre_dfa_exec.c:(.text+0x1966):
> undefin ed reference to `__pcre_ucp_findprop'
> ../extra/pcre/libpcre.a(pcre_dfa_exec.o):pcre_dfa_exec.c:(.text+0x1f2a):
> more un defined references to `__pcre_ucp_findprop' follow
> collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
> make[4]: *** [R.dll] Erreur 1
> make[3]: *** [../../bin/R.dll] Erreur 2
> make[2]: *** [rbuild] Erreur 2
> make[1]: *** [all] Erreur 2
> make[1]: quittant le répertoire «
> /home/stephane/Rdev/CrossCompileBuild/WinR/R-2 .4.0/src/gnuwin32 »
> ****************************************
> I have read (http://www.murdoch-sutherland.com/Rtools/) that a bug
> exists for ld version 2.16.91 20050827 and that Prof Ripley produced a
> patched version. It seems that my problem is also related to ld (and I
> have the same version). So I wonder if the same bug could be responsible
> of the error in the cross-compiler.
> Two questions:
> - Are they other people which have the same problem when cross-compiling
> R on Linux
> - Is it possible that the problem is related to ld. If yes, is it
> possible to obtain a patched version ?
> Thanks in advance.
> Sincerely,

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
1 South Parks Road,                     +44 1865 272866 (PA)
Oxford OX1 3TG, UK                Fax:  +44 1865 272595

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