[Rd] Toolchains for x64 Windows

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2010 07:58:37 +0100 (BST)

The MinGW-w64 project, whose toolchains we use for 64-bit Windows, have made some changes to their conventions *and* removed all the older binary builds from their site. The current toolchains are not suitable for use with R 2.11.x, and I've re-packaged an older version
(which is) as


The most critical change is to no longer have an additional leading underscore on symbols, and we will adopt that convention for R 2.12.0. R-devel is now set up by default to use it: if you have been building R-devel with an older toolchain you will need to start afresh with the new one, a snapshot of which is at

The currently recommended tools are (as ever) documented in the R-admin manual for the version of R you use.

Static and import libraries (but fortunately not DLLs) are incompatible across these changes. Only a very few binary packages
(e.g. Rcpp [*]) contain these, but quite a few are built using import
libraries for external software, and either need the import libraries recompiled or to be converted to link directly to DLLs. (These include RCurl RGtk2 cairoDevice hdf5 lossDev png rjags.) The libraries we use for CRAN packages have all been recompiled: these are available under

old: http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/Rtools/goodies/Win64/ new: http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/Rtools/goodies/Win64No_/

Uwe Ligges does not yet have a build service for R-devel on win-builder: it is hoped to have such a service within the next month using 32/64-bit builds, the 64-bit part using the new toolchain.

Note that the underscore convention is not the only thing which has changed: gcc 4.5.x is used (rather than 4.4.4) and there are extensive changes to the headers. Some of these also necessitate changes to packages.

[*] This means that if you use Rcpp the advice is to install from sources yourself Rcpp and any packages using it if you are using R-devel on Windows.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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