[R] building biOps on macports, and configure--vars

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Nov 18 08:27:38 CET 2011

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On Thu, 17 Nov 2011, Timothy Teravainen wrote:

> All,
> the MacOSX binary build of the biOps package is broken on cran, so I am trying to compile from source. I am very close; the trick is apparently that this package depends on fftw3, libjpeg and libtiff. My fftw3 is in /usr/local/, but my libjpeg and libtiff are in /opt/local/ since i got them through macports. In general, I'd like to keep as many of my third-party libraries as I can in the macports system, which means that I need to point R CMD INSTALL to /opt/local. Here is the problem I am running into:
> This is my current command-line:
> sudo R CMD INSTALL --configure-vars='LIBS=-L/opt/local/lib CPPFLAGS=-I/opt/local/include/' --configure-args='--includedir=/opt/local/include --libdir=/opt/local/include' biOps_0.2.1.1.tar.gz
> I found that by using the configure--vars argument i can get the 'configure' script to finish (without the configure--vars argument, the 'configure' script of course fails to find libjpeg and libtiff, and exits).
> However, after 'configure' runs, when the installer actually tries to build the biOps package, it fails as follows:
> gcc-4.2 -arch x86_64 -std=gnu99 -I/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/include -I/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/include/x86_64  -I/usr/local/include    -fPIC  -g -O2 -c jpegio.c -o jpegio.o
> jpegio.c:36:21: error: jpeglib.h: No such file or directory
> pegio.c: In function ‘read_jpg_img_info’:
> jpegio.c:52: error: storage size of ‘cinfo’ isn’t known
> jpegio.c:53: error: storage size of ‘jerr’ isn’t known
> [[... about 30 lines of this follow...]]
> make: *** [jpegio.o] Error 1
> ERROR: compilation failed for package ‘biOps’
> The problem is, obviously, that the gcc call is missing "-I/opt/local/include", even though I put that in both --configure-vars and --configure-args! I also note, that the '--configure-args' seems to have no effect at all. It's '--configure-vars' that allows the 'configure' script to finish successfully.
> I've searched and read various docs, but I don't know what else I can do at this point (i'd like to avoid copying my libraries into /usr/local if at all possible, and it does seem that the point of the configure--foo arguments is to let me do that). Am I missing a necessary argument? Is it a bug in the biOps package? Is there any solution/workaround that doesn't involve copying stuff into /usr/local? Thanks for any help.
> Yours,
> Timothy Teravainen
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