Re: [Rd] Rtools questions

From: Duncan Murdoch <>
Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2011 18:44:17 -0400

On 11-04-05 6:22 PM, Spencer Graves wrote:
> Hello:
> 1. How can I tell when the development version of Rtools has
> changed?

I don't make announcements of the changes, you just need to check the web site. There are online tools that can do this for you automatically, but I don't know which one to recommend. Google suggests lots of them.

  For the past few years, I've installed the development version
> of R tools with each new release of R. I encountered problems with this
> a few days ago, so I rolled back to Rtools212.exe. Unfortunately, I
> seem to have more problems with that version. My latest install was
> under Windows 7 Home Edition. My previous problems were on Vista, but I
> also have access to Fedora 13 Linux.

I know that Windows 7 64 bit has problems with Rtools. Brian Ripley has had some luck using the tools (the bin directory) and Cygwin DLLs from last summer, along with the current compilers. I'm reluctant to back out the new versions, because I use Cygwin for other things (including OpenSSH) and don't want to get locked out of updates.

I haven't heard of problems with other Windows 7 versions, but I haven't tried them.

> 2. "R CMD check" ends with the following:
> * checking examples ... OK
> * checking PDF version of manual ... WARNING
> LaTeX errors when creating PDF version.
> This typically indicates Rd problems.
> * checking PDF version of manual without hyperrefs or index ... ERROR
> Re-running with no redirection of stdout/stderr.
> Hmm ... looks like a package
> Error in texi2dvi("Rd2.tex", pdf = (out_ext == "pdf"), quiet = FALSE, :
> unable to run 'pdflatex' on 'Rd2.tex'
> Error in running tools::texi2dvi
> You may want to clean up by 'rm -rf
> C:/Users/sgraves/AppData/Local/Temp/Rtmpr6z3
> r6/Rd2pdf55b96c9a'
> This is using Rtools213, downloaded April 4 from
> "" with R installed as follows:
>> sessionInfo()
> R version 2.12.2 (2011-02-25)
> Platform: x86_64-pc-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)
> locale:
> [1] LC_COLLATE=English_United States.1252
> [2] LC_CTYPE=English_United States.1252
> [3] LC_MONETARY=English_United States.1252
> [5] LC_TIME=English_United States.1252
> attached base packages:
> [1] stats graphics grDevices utils datasets methods base

Do you have pdflatex? It's not part of Rtools, it's part of LaTeX, as described in Rtools.txt.

Duncan Murdoch mailing list Received on Tue 05 Apr 2011 - 22:51:58 GMT

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