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Re: Possible bug in package installation when R_ICU_LOCALE is set

Tomas Kalibera
Thanks for the report, fixed in 74706.

Best,
Tomas

On 04/26/2018 08:43 AM, Korpela Mikko (MML) wrote:

> (Belated) thanks for the confirmation, Ista. I just reported this issue on the R bug tracker:
> https://bugs.r-project.org/bugzilla3/show_bug.cgi?id=17412
>
> Best regards,
>
> - Mikko
>
> -----Alkuperäinen viesti-----
> Lähettäjä: Ista Zahn [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Lähetetty: 7. helmikuuta 2018 17:05
> Vastaanottaja: Korpela Mikko (MML)
> Kopio: [hidden email]
> Aihe: Re: [Rd] Possible bug in package installation when R_ICU_LOCALE is set
>
> I can reproduce this on Linux, so it is not Windows-specific.
>
>> sessionInfo()
> R version 3.4.3 (2017-11-30)
> Platform: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu (64-bit)
> Running under: Arch Linux
>
> Matrix products: default
> BLAS/LAPACK: /usr/lib/libopenblas_haswellp-r0.2.20.so
>
> locale:
>   [1] LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8       LC_NUMERIC=C
> LC_TIME=en_US.UTF-8
>   [4] LC_COLLATE=en_US.UTF-8     LC_MONETARY=en_US.UTF-8
> LC_MESSAGES=en_US.UTF-8
>   [7] LC_PAPER=en_US.UTF-8       LC_NAME=C
> LC_ADDRESS=C
> [10] LC_TELEPHONE=C             LC_MEASUREMENT=en_US.UTF-8
> LC_IDENTIFICATION=C
>
> attached base packages:
> [1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base
>
> loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
> [1] compiler_3.4.3 rmsfact_0.0.3  tools_3.4.3    cowsay_0.5.0   fortunes_1.5-4
>
>
> On Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 8:38 AM, Korpela Mikko (MML) <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> On a Windows computer (other platforms not tested), installing a
>> package from source may fail if the environment variable R_ICU_LOCALE
>> is set, depending on the package and the locale.
>>
>> For example, after setting R_ICU_LOCALE to "fi_FI",
>>
>>    install.packages("seriation", type = "source")
>>
>> (package version 1.2-3) fails with the following error:
>>
>> ** preparing package for lazy loading
>> Error in set_criterion_method("dist", "AR_events", criterion_ar_events,  :
>>    could not find function "set_criterion_method"
>> Error : unable to load R code in package 'seriation'
>>
>> Package "Epi" (version 2.24) fails similarly:
>>
>> ** preparing package for lazy loading
>> Error in eval(exprs[i], envir) : object 'Relevel.default' not found
>> Error : unable to load R code in package 'Epi'
>>
>> Whether R_ICU_LOCALE is set before R is launched or during the session
>> doesn't matter: installation of these two example packages fails
>> either way. If R_ICU_LOCALE is unset, calling
>>
>>    icuSetCollate(locale = "fi_FI")
>>
>> is harmless. Browsing through the R manuals, I did not find warnings
>> against using R_ICU_LOCALE, or any indication why package installation
>> should fail with the variable being set. About the collation order of
>> R code files, "Writing R Extensions" says:
>>
>>> The default is to collate according to the 'C' locale.
>> I interpret this (and the surrounding text) as a "promise" to package
>> developers that no matter what the end user does, the developer should
>> be able to rely on the collation order being 'C' unless the developer
>> defines another order.
>>
>>> sessionInfo()
>> R version 3.4.3 Patched (2018-02-03 r74231)
>> Platform: x86_64-w64-mingw32/x64 (64-bit) Running under: Windows 7 x64
>> (build 7601) Service Pack 1
>>
>> Matrix products: default
>>
>> locale:
>> [1] LC_COLLATE=Finnish_Finland.1252  LC_CTYPE=Finnish_Finland.1252 [3]
>> LC_MONETARY=Finnish_Finland.1252 LC_NUMERIC=C [5]
>> LC_TIME=Finnish_Finland.1252
>>
>> attached base packages:
>> [1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base
>>
>> loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
>> [1] compiler_3.4.3 tools_3.4.3
>>
>> --
>> Mikko Korpela
>> Chief Expert, Valuations
>> National Land Survey of Finland
>> Opastinsilta 12 C, FI-00520 Helsinki, Finland
>> +358 50 462 6082
>> www.maanmittauslaitos.fi
>>
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