[Rd] TCITex and R

From: <Mark.Bravington_at_csiro.au>
Date: Tue 23 Aug 2005 - 05:23:27 GMT


Several times my packages have fallen foul of the latex check at the uploading-to-CRAN stage, creating extra work for Kurt Hornik. I've never bothered trying to get latex working on my own packages (happy with vanilla help) but am told that "latex is the closest thing to a syntax checker for Rd files" and that I should set it up. Now, there is already a latex on my (Windows XP) system thanks to the program Scientific Word, which comes with TCITex. However, RCMD etc don't recognize this latex at the moment. Does anyone have any advice on what might be needed to make RCMD use SciWord's installation of TCITex-- paths, environment variables, etc etc?

Various R docs recommend fptex or MikTex implementations of latex, but I'm a bit reluctant to put these on, primarily in case doing so somehow stuffs up the workings of Scientific Word in a way that I don't know enough to fix. In case it's not obvious already, I should add that I am blissfully ignorant about how latex works-- that's one of my reasons for using Scientific Word.

Thanks for any advice

Mark

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