[R] R 1.4 on Mandrake Linux 8.1

mikalzet@libero.it mikalzet at libero.it
Sun Dec 23 23:16:16 CET 2001

On Sun, 23 Dec 2001, Frank E Harrell Jr wrote:

> I installed the new rpm from CRAN for R 1.4 for Mandrake Linux 8.1,
> after getting blas and libgcc from rpmfind.net.

Why did you do that ?

> When I do
> update.packages() the system goes to update grid, lattice, and mgcv.  I
> get compile errors for two of them.

> Apparently R is looking for gcc
> 3.0.1 or later but 8.1 uses 2.9x which is required for other Mandrake
> applications (i.e., I get a dependency error when trying to install the
> latest gcc*.rpm from rpmfind.net; there are no Mandrake 8.1 updates yet
> for gcc).

gcc-3.0.1 is included in standard Mandrake 8.1; you should have it already
installed or on your CD's, as I have.

Else download:

lftp ftp.edisontel.it/pub/Mandrake_Mirror/Mandrake/8.1/i586/Mandrake
get gcc3.0-3.0.1-1md.i586.rpm

On my system (with no extraneous rpm's added) it is under

There is an /etc/alternatives directory in which a link is found between
gcc and the gcc you wish to use, you can change that if you like, or you
can simply do

export CC="gcc-3.0.1"
export GCC="gcc-3.0.1"

in your shell before compiling.

When I do update.packages() the only package it updates is mgcv, which it
then proceeds to compile and install with gcc-3.0.1 (even though my
'default' gcc in the alternatives directory is 2.96) (it seemed a clever
idea at the time to compile with gcc 3.0.1 rather than an earlier version
- not so sure it was now).

Guess you just have to install the


RPM package from mandrake (your old gcc won't be touched) or else
recompile the RPM from source with your gcc-2.96.

Dr. Michele Alzetta

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