Re: [Rd] trouble building r-devel

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Tue 22 Mar 2005 - 12:12:10 GMT

On Tue, 22 Mar 2005, Uwe Ligges wrote:

> Duncan Murdoch wrote:
>> On Tue, 22 Mar 2005 08:32:33 +0100, Uwe Ligges
>> <> wrote :
>>> wrote:
>>>> Thanks Seth (and Duncan)-- the murdoch-sutherland page seems to fix
>>>> everything. The slimmed-down INSTALL file in R-devel src gnuwin32
>>>> doesn't refer to the page-- it might be good to add a reference.
>>> Mark,
>>> I disagree.
>>> This "slimmed-down" file points you to the thorough Chapter "Installing R
>>> under Windows" in the "`R Installation and Administration' manual in the
>>> doc/manual directory". Quite at the top of Section "Building from source"
>>> there is the Subsection "Getting the tools".
>>> I think we do NOT want to point people to Duncan's page at first, or they
>>> would not read the more comprehensive manual any more.
>> This is a problem that is hopefully temporary. Once 2.1.0 is out, it
>> will be reasonable to expect most Windows users to have installed the
>> binary version and have the manual available, the manual will be
>> available online, etc. However, right now a source download only gets
>> the Texinfo source for the manual.
> The R-devel manual is online availabe at
> so even this is not a big problem.

The HTML version of R-admin _is_ in the source tarballs: only if you get this by SubVersion will you be reduced to the texinfo version. (And the top-level INSTALL file tells you that: I will repeat it in the src/gnuwin32/INSTALL file.)

Hence the comments in another part of the thread about getting the alpha tarballs and reading the documentation there. (Since I have been away for a few days I have not checked the alpha tarballs, but I have checked the snapshots several times.)

Brian D. Ripley,        
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