[R] Building R-3.2.0 from source.

Rolf Turner r.turner at auckland.ac.nz
Sun May 10 14:15:50 CEST 2015

I am just now getting around to upgrading from 3.1.2 to 3.2.0 and am 
getting hammered by a problem which is beyond my limited capabilities of 

I executed

   ./configure --with-tcltk --with cairo

which seemed to go just fine, and then did:


In fairly short order I started getting  error messages like unto:

> connections.o: In function `gzcon_write':
> /home/rolf/Desktop/Rinst/R-3.2.0/src/main/connections.c:5469: undefined reference to `deflate'

There were also complaints about undefined references to inflate, crc32, 
deflateEnd, inflateEnd, inflateReset, inflateInit2_, deflateInit2_, 
compress, uncompress, and zlibVersion, many of which were issued 
repeatedly.  It finally gave up, saying:

> collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status

A bit of googling informed me (I think?) that a workaround was to 
configure using --without-system-pcre.  This however achieved nothing in 
my case.

Can anyone point me at what I need to do to fix this?  Install or update 

I am running an (elderly, no-longer-supported) Fedora 17 Linux.

Thanks for any assistance.


Rolf Turner

Technical Editor ANZJS
Department of Statistics
University of Auckland
Phone: +64-9-373-7599 ext. 88276

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