Re: [Rd] Building a windows binary of a package on Linux

From: Gavin Simpson <>
Date: Wed 30 Nov 2005 - 16:02:48 GMT

On Wed, 2005-11-30 at 10:46 -0500, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
> On 11/30/2005 9:33 AM, Gavin Simpson wrote:
> > Dear List,
> >
> > Can I build a binary package (.zip) for Windows on my Linux machine from
> > my package sources? There is no C, C++, Fortran code involved, just
> > plain ol' R. I read through the article by Jun and Rossini, but (on
> > first reading) this seems more targeted at building a Windows version of
> > R and Windows package binaries that contain C, C++, Fortran code that
> > needs to be compiled.
> You should be able to. Instructions are in the README.packages file in
> R_HOME/src/gnuwin32. I don't know if you've got that file if you
> installed a pre-built R, but it's in the source tarball (and in
> Choose a tag subdirectory for a release
> version, or the trunk for the latest and greatest. You'll probably get
> the same instructions on all recent ones, they don't change much.
> Duncan Murdoch

My reading of README.packages would indicate that I need to download the cross-compile tools as outlined in that README and in the Jun and Rossini article in R News. I was wondering if it could be done without all this extra stuff - but it appears not.

Thanks, Duncan for the prompt reply, I'll set aside some time to set this up as described in the docs.

All the best,


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