Re: [Rd] You do need to follow the instructions! (was inst directory)

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Sun 10 Oct 2004 - 01:40:08 EST

On Sat, 9 Oct 2004, Bob Wheeler wrote:

> R CMD check on a Windows system, halts with the following;
> installing inst files
> FIND: Parameter format not correct
> make[2]: *** [C:/AlgDesign/AlgDesign.Rcheck/AlgDesign/inst]Error 2
> make[1] *** [all] Error 2
> make: *** [pkg-AlgDesign] Error2
> *** Installation of AlgDesign failed ****

Note that this is actually coming from R CMD INSTALL

> The inst directory contains the sub directory doc with a pdf and dvi
> file. Any sub directory in inst seems to cause this problem. The check
> was OK prior to 1.9.0.
> What has changed? If it is in the R documentation, I have missed it.

Please do not ignore warnings:

> FIND: Parameter format not correct

is almost certainly telling you that *you* have not followed the instructions.

You still have not told us your OS nor version of R, but seeing FIND up there suggests this is Windows and that you have not followed the instructions in README.packages correctly. Please do read and follow the injunction at the top of that file. It looks like you have ignored

  To avoid frustration, please use our tool set, and make sure it is at   the front of your path (including before the Windows system   directories).

since you want find.exe from Rtools, not FIND.EXE from the Windows system directories.

I think you have leapt to incorrect conclusions about the source of this error. As confirmation, it is a matter of public record that AlgDesign on CRAN does pass R CMD check on both Linux and Windows.

It would have been much better to have asked

`Why do I get the message "FIND: Parameter format not correct" when I try to install a package (such as AlgDesign) with inst and inst/doc directories.'

Please see both the posting guide and the section in the FAQ on BUGS.

Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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Oxford OX1 3TG, UK                Fax:  +44 1865 272595

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