[R] Unable to compile "Matrix" package

Douglas Bates bates at stat.wisc.edu
Wed May 16 18:48:11 CEST 2007

On 5/16/07, Vittorio De Martino <vittorio at de-martino.it> wrote:
> After upgrading to 2.5.0 under freebsd 6.2 I updated all the add-on packages
> in an R session via update.packages(...). R was unable to install
> the "Matrix" package because it couldn't find the package.
> Therefore I downloaded the *.tar.gz from the CRAN site and issued
> R CMD INSTALL Matrix_0.99875-1.tar.gz
> but the comilation ended in an error     (see the complete attached
> r_log.tar.gz)
> cc -std=gnu99 -I/usr/local/lib/R/include -I/usr/local/lib/R/include  -I/usr/local/include  -D__NO_MATH_INLINES -I../UFc
> cc -std=gnu99 -I/usr/local/lib/R/include -I/usr/local/lib/R/include  -I/usr/local/include  -D__NO_MATH_INLINES -I../UFc
> ar -rucs ../COLAMD.a colamd.o colamd_global.oM
> ( cd Source ; make lib )M
> Error expanding embedded variable.M
> *** Error code 2M
> M
> Stop in /tmp/R.INSTALL.IuAhvE/Matrix/src/AMD.M
> *** Error code 1M
> M
> Stop in /tmp/R.INSTALL.IuAhvE/Matrix/src.M
> ERROR: compilation failed for package 'Matrix'M
> ** Removing '/usr/local/lib/R/library/Matrix'M
> NbBSD# exitMM
> exitM
> What shall I do?

As Duncan Murdoch once said, "in extreme cases you could read the
documentation".  :-)

The Matrix package requires that you use a version of `make' that is
compatible with GNU make.  Often this is called 'gmake' on BSD
systems.  If that is the case for you then setting the environment

setenv MAKE gmake

should work.

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