Re: [Rd] trouble with R CMD SHLIB on winXP

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Tue 28 Feb 2006 - 06:26:48 GMT

We don't know from this what the `specified program' is, but it probably means that a DLL cannot be found on your path.

It is probable that your PATH is set up incorrectly, so please check with the R-admin manual extremely carefully. In particular, that you really do have a complete unpacked at the head of your path and that you do not also have Cygwin on your path.

On Mon, 27 Feb 2006, j. signorovitch wrote:

> Hi,
> Has anyone come across this difficulty using R-2.2.1 in Windows XP:
> when I try to run
> R CMD SHLIB mycode.c
> I get the response:
> "The system cannot execute the specified program."
> I've tried installing all windows updates, reinstalling R and putting
> "R-2.2.1\bin" at the head of my path.
> Googling that error message leads to lots of stuff about *.manifest
> files. The Rgui.exe.manifest etc. files are in my /bin directory.

Really? *.manifest files need to be in the same directory as the executables they refer to, that's all. I think you have found hits related to Visual .NET, which is not in use.

> Funny thing is I have been using SHLIB for ~2 years on this system, up
> to several month ago, without difficulty.

Brian D. Ripley,        
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