Re: R-beta: installing the R- rpm in RedHat 5.0 --trouble !!
Trond Rafoss <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> When I am trying to install the file " =
> 86.rpm" on my RedHat 5.0 system I get the following message: =
> libncurses.so.3.4 is needed by r-base-0.61.1-2
> Where is it possible to get this (preferably as an rpm)
I don't know if libncurses.so.3.4 is available for RedHat. It may be
another case of version-skew in the numbering of libraries between
RedHat 5.0 and Debian 2.0.
The package you are trying to install was created by me on a Debian
Linux system running the "unstable" version that will become
Debian-2.0. Like RedHat 5.0 this version is based on libc6. After
creating a Debian package from sources, one can run it through an
automatic converter to create a RedHat RPM package. That is how the
RPM file you are trying to install was created.
Earlier we had problems with the numbering of the libreadline.so
library. The version numbered 2.1 under Debian is numbered 3.0 under
RedHat. RedHat 5.0 comes with a libncurses.so.3.0. That library is
also available for Debian but the most recent version of the library
is numbered 3.4. I don't know what the differences are. The
ncurses3.4 package in Debian is described as
Maintainer: Galen Hazelwood <email@example.com>
Description: Video terminal manipulation - shared libraries
This package contains the shared libraries necessary to run programs
compiled with the ncurses libraries.
The copyright file for the package states
This is the Debian GNU/Linux prepackaged version of the ncurses
library and terminfo utilities. ncurses/terminfo was written by Pavel
Curtis and Zeyd M. Ben-Halim <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Ncurses is
copyright (C) 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 by Zeyd M. Ben-Halim.
Galen Hazelwood <email@example.com> created this package, from sources
found under ftp://ftp.netcom.com/pub/zm/zmbenhal/ncurses. It
borrows heavily from the original debianization put together by Bruce
Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com> and benifitted considerably from a lot of
help from David Engel <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Michael Alan Dorman
<email@example.com> arranged the beast into its present form, and put
a lot of effort into making ncurses fit with Debian in the best way
possible. His patches for packaging the ill-fated 4.1 release form the
backbone of this version. The current maintainer is greatly in debt to
his illustrious predecessors.
Apparently the original sources are the file
drwxr-xr-x 2 3245 50 512 Feb 26 1997 .
drwxr-xr-x 5 3245 1 512 Dec 16 01:11 ..
-rw-r--r-- 1 3245 50 1081067 Feb 26 1997 ncurses-1.9.9g.tar.gz
I think it is best for me to stop trying to provide RPM packages of R
by converting Debian packages. We seem to be having too much trouble
keeping library versions consistent. Others may be willing to
contribute native RPM packages to CRAN.
In the short term I could try to create a .rpm package from the
ncurses3.4 Debian package and you could install that. I would not
prefer that as a long term solution because I don't know enough about
the libraries to take responsibility for others installing such
Douglas Bates firstname.lastname@example.org
Statistics Department 608/262-2598
University of Wisconsin - Madison http://www.stat.wisc.edu/~bates/
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