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Thomas Schm commented on ARROW-6793:
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Yes, I guess this ticket is addressing a subproblem of getting arrow into R on 
Linux. Solving this problem is unfortunately a huge task and the information is 
in fragments over Github, Jira and several articles. It's a very unfortunate 
situation. Trying to install apache/arrow/r from Github worked yesterday but 
fails today. The problem today relates to a commit you have done yesterday

compression.cpp: In function ‘bool 
util___Codec__IsAvailable(arrow::Compression::type)’:
compression.cpp:37:10: error: ‘IsAvailable’ is not a member of 
‘arrow::util::Codec’
   return arrow::util::Codec::IsAvailable(codec);
          ^~~~~

Are the libraries I link to outdated? I did a fresh pull just a few minutes 
ago. Is there way to specify a certain tag in the install via github route? 

> [R] Arrow C++ binary packaging for Linux
> ----------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: ARROW-6793
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ARROW-6793
>             Project: Apache Arrow
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: R
>            Reporter: Neal Richardson
>            Assignee: Neal Richardson
>            Priority: Major
>             Fix For: 1.0.0
>
>
> Our current installation experience on Linux isn't ideal. Unless you've 
> already installed the Arrow C++ library, when you install the R package, you 
> get a shell that tells you to install the C++ library. That was a useful 
> approach to allow us to get the package on CRAN, which makes it easy for 
> macOS and Windows users to install, but it doesn't improve the installation 
> experience for Linux users. This is an impediment to adoption of arrow not 
> only by users but also by package maintainers who might want to depend on 
> arrow. 
> macOS and Windows have a better experience because at installation time, the 
> configure scripts download and statically link a prebuilt C++ library. CRAN 
> bundles the whole thing up and delivers that as a binary R package. 
> Python wheels do a similar thing: they're binaries that contain all external 
> dependencies. And there are pyarrow wheels for Linux. This suggests that we 
> could do something similar for R: build a generic Linux binary of the C++ 
> library and download it in the R package configure script at install time.
> I experimented with using the Arrow C++ binaries included in the Python 
> wheels in R. See discussion at the end of ARROW-5956. This worked on macOS 
> (not useful for R, but it proved the concept) and almost worked on Linux, but 
> it turned out that the "manylinux2010" standard is too archaic to work with 
> contemporary Rcpp. 
> Proposal: do a similar workflow to what the manylinux2010 pyarrow build does, 
> just with slightly more modern compiler/settings. Publish that C++ binary 
> package to bintray. Then download it in the R configure script if a 
> local/system package isn't found.
> Once we have a basic version working, test against various distros on 
> [R-hub|https://builder.r-hub.io/advanced] to make sure we're solid everywhere 
> and/or ensure the current fallback behavior when we encounter a distro that 
> this doesn't work for. If necessary, we can make multiple flavors of this C++ 
> binary for debian, centos, etc.



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