[R] redhat 7.2 and rpm

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Fri Nov 23 09:22:16 CET 2001

>>>>> "Erich" == Erich Neuwirth <erich.neuwirth at univie.ac.at> writes:

    Erich> since less than 24 hours my notbook runs linux,
    Erich> redhat 7.2

    Erich> the first additional package i installed was R.  i
    Erich> used the rpm from the server.

Just to mention what I usually tell computer-literate people who are new
with a unixy system (e.g. Linux):

I myself have never installed an RPM for R, but always built from
the sources.  
     (Note: I *am very* grateful for the RPM and Deb packages !!))
    {ok, #1 : I'm an R developer, I want to see it works, 
     but then #2 :  }
This will be one test to see if your new Unix system is really
uptodate on the tools that you (as a math/stat-programmer/user)
will want to have available anyway.  
After unpacking, run
(or even better  mkdir Rbuild; cd Rbuild ; ../R-<version>/configure)
and carefully look at the output, see if everything is found.
If not, get the missing stuff (from your CDs or ...),
       \rm config.* ; 
  and  ...../configure   again
Then do
and	make check
If these complete fine, you know you have a system which is
useful for other purposes as well;  if not, "fix" your system.

Okey dokey, take the above with a grain of salt --
It really depends on who you are and how much time you've got.

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