[R] Make on RedHat 8.0

Marc Schwartz mschwartz at medanalytics.com
Sun Oct 20 18:53:17 CEST 2002

> Hallo R-help,
> I am experiencing difficulty when making R on RedHat Linux 8.0. I'm not
> able to display my plots with the R-Viewer. The default file
> 'Rplots.ps' is also not consistent with the last plot so that I can't
> use an external PS-Viewer to view my plots. Does R support RH 8.0? Do
> you have any suggestions on how I can solve this problem? Is a .RPM
> planned for the near future?
> Thanks in advance
> Chris. 


I now have a dual-boot WinXP Pro/RH 8.0 system running on a Dell i8200
laptop and recently downloaded the 1.6.0 source RPM from CRAN
(http://cran.r-project.org/bin/linux/redhat/SRPMS/). I did an "rpmbuild
--rebuild" on it and installed the resultant RPM. I have not attempted
to build R from "pure" source, though I do have the source tarball.

So far it seems to be working well, though I will acknowledge that I
have not performed extensive testing on it.  

The one thing to note is that the resultant RPM file is about 10.8 Mb
versus the RH 7.x RPM at 11.4 Mb. I am not sure if I erred in the
building of the 8.0 RPM or if this is to be expected as a result of the
changes in RH 8.0.

Chris, if you have some sample code/data, I would be happy to test it on
my system.

I am also copying Martyn Plummer, as the RH maintainer on this, to
solicit any feedback. If the RPM that I have created is valid, I would
be more than happy to make it available for CRAN. If it is not, I would
be happy to engage in appropriate changes to make it so.


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