Re: [Rd] Makevars or Makevars.in

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2009 16:32:31 +0000 (GMT)

On Tue, 10 Nov 2009, Paul Gilbert wrote:

> I am just trying to adjust one of my packages so the C code builds in
> Windows. This is code that has been around for a long time, and I'm am only
> a casual reader of C, so it has had the "if it is not broken don't touch it"
> approach for many years. The section 1.2.1 "Using Makevars" of "Writing R
> extensions" starts:
>
> "Sometimes writing your own configure script can be avoided by supplying a
> file Makevars: also one of the most common uses of a configure script is to
> make Makevars from Makevars.in." ...
>
> I am still a bit confused about whether packages src/ should have, in
> addition to Makevars.win, a file Makevars or a file Makevars.in. The rest of
> the section seems to imply that the file should be Makevars, but the first
> four examples I pulled of CRAN all have Makevars.in. My confusion is about
> whether R scripts will automatically turn Makevars.in into Makevars or would
> I need my own configure script to do this (and I am hoping not to need a
> configure script).
>
> Which is preferred? (And could the first paragraph of the section be made
> more explicit?)

I think you need to read the earlier mentions of Makevars in that manual: your confusion seems to be that you have jumped in to a later section. The only use of src/Makevars.in is that it is a conventional name for a template file for configure to turn into src/Makevars. As the manual says

   The default rules can be tweaked by setting macros in a file    @file{src/Makevars} ... There are platform-specific file names on    Windows: @file{src/Makevars.win} takes precedence over    @file{src/Makevars}.

So to tweak the make rules you need src/Makevars: if you need a platform-specific version you need src/Makevars and src/Makevars.win. You may choose to use configure (or configure.win) to make these, but you do not need to (and packages using e.g. LAPACK or BLAS do not do so).

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Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk
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