A follow-up to my previous e-mail, based on further experimentation
on compiling gretl 1.7.5 under both OpenSUSE & Ubuntu 8.04. It seems
that the only way to get a fully functioning version of gretl using
the current configuration script is to include the option
"--prefix=/usr" in the configure command. Without that, some files
get put in places where gretl can't find them.
There is an additional problem under Ubuntu 8.04. When I tried to
run the NIST test script, gretl appears to crash without any error
message. Run from the terminal, the following messages are given:
setlocale(LC_NUMERIC, "en_GB.UTF-8") returned en_GB.UTF-8
cholbeta: test = 3.77516e-09
/usr/local/bin/gretl_x11: symbol lookup error:
/usr/lib/atlas/liblapack.so.3gf: undefined symbol: _gfortran_pow_r8_i4
The crucial message is the last one and shows that there is a problem
of compatibility with some versions of the lapack library. I haven't
encountered the problem with other test runs, but that may be fortuitous.
Before compiling gretl I had some problems in identifying the correct
versions of lapack-dev to install under the Ubuntu. There are
multiple versions of the atlas/blas/refblas/lapack suites available
under synaptic and it seems that they are not all compatible with
each other - or with gretl. Does anyone have experience with this?