[R] Installing from RPM on Red Hat 9

(Ted Harding) Ted.Harding at nessie.mcc.ac.uk
Thu Sep 18 13:58:45 CEST 2003

Hi Folks,
Sorry to bring up this kind of issue (though any discussion may help
some other people).

I've just installed Red Hat 9 Linux (opting for GNOME) and now want
to install R.
I downloaded the RPM for Red Hat 9 from CRAN (as well as the patched

Attempting to install ( rpm -i R-1.7.1-1.i386.rpm ) I get, pretty
quickly, the following:

warning: R-1.7.1-1.i386.rpm: V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID 97d3544e
error: Failed dependencies:
        libtk8.3.so is needed by R-1.7.1-1

I guess the "warning" can be ignored, but I'm bothered by the failed

A: There are libtcl8.3.so and libtcl.so under /usr/lib;
B: There's various "libgtk" under /usr/lib;
C: There's no "libtk"
D: I can't find any explicit reference to "libtk" in the installation
   GUI when the installation CDs are being used. So, even if libtk is
   in there somewhere, I can't find where to look for it. (I don't
   want to install everything in sight, because of restricted disk

I suspect that "libgtk" is a GNOMEified version of libtk ... ? Usually,
in my Linux experience, tcltk is a unified bunch of stuff which installs
everthing for both Tcl and Tk; Red Hat 9 seems to be different (and it's
my first experience of this version).

ANYWAY: Has anyone encountered this problem and solved it? Or am I
overlooking something simple?

Comments (and especially solutions) will be most welcome.
With thanks,

E-Mail: (Ted Harding) <Ted.Harding at nessie.mcc.ac.uk>
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Date: 18-Sep-03                                       Time: 12:58:45
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