Re: [Rd] Development environment for R extentions on Windows

From: Dirk Eddelbuettel <>
Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2010 13:27:31 -0500

On 8 September 2010 at 13:01, Jeffrey Horner wrote:
| This is great news! I don't know how I could survive without bash's vi
| style editing and command completion...
| Here's my PATH variable which sets the Rtools paths first, then MinGW:
| hornerj_at_hornerj-win ~
| $ echo $PATH
| /c/Rtools/bin:/c/Rtools/perl/bin:/c/Rtools/MinGW/bin:/c/localbin:/mingw/bin:/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/lo
| cal/bin:/c/Program Files (x86)/R/R-2.11.1/bin:/c/Program Files
| (x86)/CollabNet/Subversion Client:
| /c/Windows/system32:/c/Windows:/c/Windows/System32/Wbem:/c/Windows/System32/WindowsPowerShell/v1.
| 0/:/c/Program Files (x86)/MiKTeX 2.8/miktex/bin
| I'm going to follow the "R Installation ..." manual to compile R on
| Windows and learn a bit about the build process. From there, I intend
| to "port" some open source libraries that have support for being
| compiled with MS VC++ over to MinGW.
| Aside from my PATH variable, are there other things about my
| development environment I should be aware of?

FWIW I always add rxvt (taken from Cygwin's repos) so that I can launch an 'xterm' alike from the usual shortcut by having this as the command in Cygwin.bat:

  rxvt -sr -sl 2500 -sb -geometry 90x30 -fg wheat -bg gray10 -tn rxvt \

     -fn 'Lucida Console-14' -e /usr/bin/bash --login -i

The last time I set that up I left myself a note that I got hints from


  also see

Those links may by now be stale.

Hth, Dirk

Dirk Eddelbuettel | |

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