Carl Boettiger | 16 Jan 22:44 2015

Unable to install R 3.1.2 on Debian:Testing

Dear Johannes, R-sig-debian list,

Along with Dirk Eddelbuettel I've been maintaining Debian-based Docker
containers for R. Recently our container installing r-base has started to
fail. This seems to be due to a problem with the libjpeg dependencies. The
example I show below was working with debian:jessie on Jan 5th, but has
been failing since then.  (

>From a vanilla install of debian:testing (or jessie or squeeze) I add the
CRAN repository for the latest R version for debian, and then I then try to
install `r-base-core` 3.1.2:

    apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-key 381BA480
    echo "deb wheezy-cran3/" >

    apt-get install r-base-core=3.1.2*

and I get the error:

*Selected version '3.1.2-1~wheezycran3.0' (CRAN Backports:wheezy-cran3
[amd64]) for 'r-base-core'Some packages could not be installed. This may
mean that you haverequested an impossible situation or if you are using the
unstabledistribution that some required packages have not yet been
createdor been moved out of Incoming.The following information may help to
resolve the situation:*

*The following packages have unmet dependencies: r-base-core : Depends:
libjpeg8 (>= 8c) but it is not installable*
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kamaraju kusumanchi | 21 Dec 12:37 2014

How to get fortunes in R

I was going through
and found this on pg-3

> fortunes::fortune(92)
## If you don't go with R now, you will someday.
## -- David Kane (on whether to use R or S-PLUS)
## R-SIG-Finance (November 2004)

However, when I tried it on my machine, I get

rajulocal <at> hogwarts:~/work/r_programming$ R -q
> fortunes::fortune(92)
Error in loadNamespace(name) : there is no package called ‘fortunes’

What package(s) do I need to install to get fortune in R? I tried
doing a "apt-cache search fortune R" but none of the hits look
promising. I am using Debian Jessie.

rajulocal <at> hogwarts:~/work/r_programming$ dpkg -l \*fortune\* r-base | grep ^ii
ii  fortune-mod       1:1.99.1-7   amd64        provides fortune
cookies on demand
ii  fortunes-min      1:1.99.1-7   all          Data files containing
selected fortune cookies
ii  r-base            3.1.1-1      all          GNU R statistical
computation and graphics system


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Nussbaum Madlene | 16 Dec 14:10 2014

BLAS/LAPACK routine 'DLASCL' gave error code -4 in liblapack3 Version 3.5.0

Dear all

Some computations gave a matrix. The single value decomposition of it worked fine previously, after an
system upgrade I get the following error:
> La.svd(x,256,256)
Error in La.svd(x, nu, nv) :
  BLAS/LAPACK routine 'DLASCL' gave error code -4
Erroneous Matrix: /.csv
Operating System: Debian 8
Previous version:    liblapack3   3.4.1 (running without error)
New version:          liblapack3   3.5.0-4 (gives error above)
How do I track down this error code?
Is this a bug in liblapack3 or what did change?
Thank you!
M. Nussbaum

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Seb R | 5 Nov 09:48 2014

Latest version of R from CRAN for utopic (14.10)

I am not in a hurry, but I would like to upgrade my ubuntu to utopic.
However, for now, the latest version of R that can be installed from CRAN
mirrors is not available for utopic.
Indeed, I am not sure I understand this sentence :

> R packages for Ubuntu on i386 and amd64 are available for all stable
> Desktop releases of Ubuntu until their official end of life date. However,
> only the latest Long Term Support (LTS) release is fully supported. As of
> October 17, 2013, the supported releases are Trusty Tahr (14.04), Precise
> Pangolin (12.04; LTS), and Lucid Lynx (10.04; LTS).
Does this mean that from now only LTS version will get the latest version
of R, or the non-LTS will be partially supported ?
If, as I think I understand, non-LTS can also get latest R, is there any
schedule for utopic ?
I don't have any idea of how long and complicated it is for you developpers
to make it available after, I suppose, a stability testing period...
Thank you

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David Ibarra Gómez | 22 Oct 10:22 2014

Problems to compile examples of RInside


                I have some problems to migrate to R  >3.0 my devel machine (R.2.15.2). So I decided to start from scratch with
a brand new virtual machine.

Downloaded latest network install of debian testing, not stable (jessie/sid, SMP Debian 3.16.3-2
(2014-09-20) x86_64 GNU/Linux) installed only with ssh-server and basic utilities (no X).

Then I installed R by:

apt-get install r-base-dev

Then from R, I installed the needed (for me) packages by:

install.packages(c("Rcpp","RInside","forecast", "quadprog", "tseries", "fracdiff", "zoo", "RcppArmadillo","randomForest","RInside","lubridate","quantmod","nnet","caret"),type="source")

Session info extract (Rcpp and RInside libraries loaded):

R version 3.1.1 (2014-07-10)
Platform: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu (64-bit)

[3] LC_TIME=en_US.UTF-8        LC_COLLATE=en_US.UTF-8
[7] LC_PAPER=en_US.UTF-8       LC_NAME=C
[9] LC_ADDRESS=C               LC_TELEPHONE=C

attached base packages:
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Ali Youssef | 30 Sep 20:09 2014

Re: String Kernel for R 3.1.1

Dear all , 

May you inform me how  to use the function of gapweightkernel() from stringkernel Library . where the
library is not for R 3.1.1 . I am using R 3.1.1 .

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Miguel Angel Barros | 30 Sep 14:24 2014

error in Ubuntu

I've got this error while I'm try to install R on Ubuntu 12.04. The cran
that I used was from Argentina.
"E:Type '' is not known on line
60 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list  "

So, please, Could everyone help me with this error.

Thank you so much

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Matthieu | 27 Sep 21:08 2014

r-cran-rgdal: dependency on libgdal1 unsatisfied in ubuntu 12.04?


I am trying to install the rgdal package through r-cran-rgdal (I had 
added the ppa), and run into an error in Ubuntu 12.04:
r-cran-rgdal : Dépend: libgdal1 (>= 1.9.0) mais il n'est pas installable

in English, libgdal1 1.9 does not seem available in Ubuntu 12.04 (I 
think version 1.7) comes.

And indeed, a:
$sudo apt-get install  libgdal1

Gives also an error message, saying libgdal1 not available, but 
suggesting libgdal1h, although installing the latter does not solve 

I looked into several forums, tried to install from several  ppas, but 
was not able to get it working. Would someone have an idea how to 
install this unsatisfied dependency?



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Matt Dowle | 26 Sep 19:00 2014

configure: error: linking to Fortran libraries from C fails

Hi all,

Nice one for a Friday afternoon ...

I'm trying to follow this section of the manual :

to build R-devel (as of a few hours ago: rev 66684) with 

My OS is Linux Mint Debian Edition.  To get gcc-4.9 I added Debian 
testing to my apt sources and ran :

    sudo apt-get install gcc-4.9, g++-4.9 gfortran-4.9

in the root of a clean Rtrunk.  I then started simple with just ASAN 
first of all :

./configure CC="gcc-4.9 -std=gnu99 -fsanitize=address" 
CFLAGS="-fno-omit-frame-pointer -O0 -g -Wall -pedantic -mtune=native" 
--without-recommended-packages --enable-strict-barrier 

This runs for a while and then returns the following error :

checking for dummy main to link with Fortran 77 libraries... unknown
configure: error: in `/home/mdowle/R/Rtrunk':
configure: error: linking to Fortran libraries from C fails
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Pratibha Rana | 18 Sep 17:03 2014

difference between install from source and install from repositories


What is the difference between the R installation from source and the R
installation from ubuntu repositories. Specifically when I install
R-3.1.1 on ubuntu 14.04 from sources ldflags and CXXFLAGS are different
that those from the installation from a repo.

Installation from sources:

R CMD config --ldflags

-Wl,--export-dynamic -fopenmp  -L/home/prana/prana_R/third-party/install/lib/R/lib -lR -lrt -ldl -lm


Installation from repo:

 R CMD config --ldflags

-Wl,--export-dynamic -fopenmp  -L/usr/lib/R/lib -lR -lpcre -llzma -lbz2 -lz -lrt -ldl -lm


-g -O2 -fstack-protector --param=ssp-buffer-size=4 -Wformat -Werror=format-security

These are the steps that I followed to install from sources

./configure  --enable-R-shlib --with-x=no --with-readline=no
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Matt Dowle | 13 Sep 17:22 2014

Picking 'rgl' as source package instead of 'r-cran-rgl'


$ more /etc/apt/sources.list.d/additional-repositories.list
deb wheezy-cran3/
deb-src wheezy-cran3/

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install r-cran-rgl      # works great

$ sudo apt-get build-dep r-cran-rgl
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Picking 'rgl' as source package instead of 'r-cran-rgl'
E: Unable to find a source package for rgl

What have I done wrong?!

Thanks, Matt