[Rcpp-devel] Install failure undefined symbol

Peter Crowther peter.crowther at melandra.com
Thu Jun 11 20:13:51 CEST 2020

On Thu, 11 Jun 2020 at 19:01, Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd at debian.org> wrote:

> Spot on. And while it's been a while, the _particular_ wisdom of that RH
> supplied compiler setup also _required_ sourcing of a shell snippet to set
> all appropriate values: PATH, LD_LIBRARY_PATH, ...
> (Astonishing, to say the least, to me that a distribution vendor cannot
> integrate the very toolkit it provides so that it is already turned on when
> you open a shaell.  But as I said, I suspect the target market are
> sysadmins
> and CTOs not people trying to get work done ...)

It's done so that you can have multiple versions of the tools installed
side-by-side rather than being blindsided by upgrades breaking your
toolchain.  This is rather the same justification that the Python community
uses for its similarly weird way of selecting from side-by-side Python

As someone working to produce regulated environments (to ICH-GxP), this
makes sense to me.  As someone who has to use both day-to-day, it's a royal
pain in the neck!


- Peter
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