I am trying to install R in our cluster (the cluster is Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6), where I don't have root access. I tried:

$wget http://cran.rstudio.com/src/base/R-3/R-3.1.1.tar.gz
$ tar xvf R-3.1.1.tar.gz
$ cd R-3.1.1
$ ./configure --prefix=/home/Kryo/R-3.1.1

But I am getting an error:

configure: error: --with-x=yes (default) and X11 headers/libs are not available
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    The error message looks pretty clear. Either install X11 development files or use --without-x. – jordanm Jul 13 '15 at 16:13
  • Did you consider asking your sysadmin? Can't you use R on your own Linux workstation or laptop? A supercomputer is generally supposed to crunch numbers in efficient, compiled, code. You could prototype your algorithms on your laptop, then, if you need the power of your supercomputer, rewrite in C++ or Fortran (or even OpenCL) the critical parts of it. HPC are generally not bought to run interpreted code! – Basile Starynkevitch Jul 13 '15 at 16:22
  • @BasileStarynkevitch. I am working on analysing next generation sequencing data which needs a huge computational space. Impossible to work in worstation or laptop. – Kryo Jul 13 '15 at 16:28
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    Then I believe that R is not for this.... Supercomputers are costly enough (w.r.t. to qualified human labor cost) to be programmed in efficient compiled languages (e.g. C++, Fortran, OpenCL, perhaps Ocaml or Go or Common Lisp or Scala....). So use R for prototyping only (or for pre- or post- processing, which could run on a desktop), especially if you need huge computational power. – Basile Starynkevitch Jul 13 '15 at 16:29
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    @jordanm please post answers as answers (or, alternatively, if you think the question should be closed, vote to close). – derobert Jul 13 '15 at 17:25

According to this thread, you should just install libXt-devel package and you should be fine.

But perhaps you also should install xorg-x11-server-devel and libX11-devel?

That would be:

yum install xorg-x11-server-devel libX11-devel libXt-devel
  • Great advice. On the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, I can't find xorg-x11-server-devel using the sudo yum list xorg-x11-server-devel command. But using a wildcard search sudo yum list xorg-x11-*, I found a similar one named xorg-x11-drv-evdev-devel. With that the ./configure command no longer complains about X11 anymore. – X.X Dec 29 '19 at 9:00

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