Opened 12 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

#8285 closed defect (fixed)

Update R's spkg-install to work on Solaris

Reported by: drkirkby Owned by: drkirkby
Priority: blocker Milestone: sage-4.3.4
Component: porting: Solaris Keywords:
Cc: Merged in: sage-4.3.4.alpha0
Authors: David Kirkby Reviewers: Minh Van Nguyen
Report Upstream: None of the above - read trac for reasoning. Work issues:
Branch: Commit:
Dependencies: Stopgaps:

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Build environment

  • Sage 4.3.3.alpha0, which includes R 2.10.1
  • Sun Blade 1000 with two 900 MHz UltraSPARC III+ CPUs, 2 GB RAM. (This is the same sort of processor as 't2', but is a much older machine, though still quicker than t2 for building Sage!)
  • Solaris 10 03/2005 (The first release of Solaris 10).
  • gcc 4.4.3 (The latest as I write).

The problem

Someone updated R in Sage, without testing on Solaris. The update caused several problems on Solaris - the most obvious one being R now needs iconv, which Sage does not currently include.

However, despite a new standard package for iconv #8191, R would still not build on Solaris, but failed with:

Undefined                       first referenced
 symbol                             in file
uiter_setUTF8                       libR.a(util.o)
ucol_strcollIter                    libR.a(util.o)
ld: fatal: Symbol referencing errors. No output written to R.bin
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status 

The Solution

Several changes were made to R's spkg-install file, to fix not only the fact R would not build at all, but also some other enhancements. The updated package can be found at

  • Adds the undocumented option
    as that allows R to build without the ICU library from The option was suggested to me in a private email after a post to r-help <at> The build now shows:
    Making Sage/Python scripts relocatable...
    Making Sage/Python scripts relocatable...
    Making script relocatable
    Making script relocatable
    Finished installing rpy2-2.0.8.spkg
    Finished installing rpy2-2.0.8.spkg
    real    25m49.233s
    user    22m33.551s
    sys     3m1.363s
    Successfully installed r-2.10.1.p0
  • Ensures SAGE64 will attempt a 64-bit build on any platform, not just OS X. (I've not actually built R 64-bit.)
  • Removed all references to the option
    as R must have iconv now - it is no longer optional. #8191 is an iconv library.
  • Better detection for X support on Solaris. (The previous test would always indicate R could not be built with X support, despite the fact it could be). R's configure script should work this out itself, but some comments in spkg-install suggest this was not working right on a OSX Intel 10.5.1. The changes I made will only impact Solaris.
  • Added some hopefully helpful comments in spkg-install, as I believe there are still multiple issues in that file - see #8274

How to test

This should have no impact on any platform other than Solaris, though of course it is useful to test on multiple platforms to be 100% sure.

To test on Solaris 10, one needs access to a SPARC box. Some notes about how to test on 't2' are given at

First one needs to add a new standard package for iconv - #8191.

Once that is all down, typing 'make' should allow R to build, and you should get:

Successfully installed r-2.10.1.p0

Attachments (1)

Solaris-fixes-for-R.patch (5.5 KB) - added by drkirkby 12 years ago.
Mercurial patch

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Change History (6)

Changed 12 years ago by drkirkby

Mercurial patch

comment:1 Changed 12 years ago by drkirkby

  • Status changed from new to needs_review

comment:2 Changed 12 years ago by drkirkby

Once this ticket is closed, so can #8272, as this addresses that issue.

comment:3 Changed 12 years ago by mvngu

  • Reviewers set to Minh Van Nguyen
  • Status changed from needs_review to positive_review

The updated R spkg builds on sage.math, bsd.math, rosemary.math, t2.math, Skynet machines (cleo and iras). However, it doesn't build on Cygwin (winxp1 on boxen.math). As of Sage 4.3.3.alpha1, the build on Cygwin fails during the compilation process of gd, which normally gets built before R. Also, I would note that #8191 is a prerequisite for this updated R spkg.

comment:4 Changed 12 years ago by drkirkby

  • Priority changed from major to blocker

comment:5 Changed 12 years ago by mvngu

  • Merged in set to sage-4.3.4.alpha0
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from positive_review to closed

Merged r-2.10.1.p0.spkg in the standard spkg repository.

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