Re: [Rd] Rtools questions

From: Henrik Bengtsson <>
Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2011 16:51:56 -0700

On Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 3:44 PM, Duncan Murdoch <> wrote:
> 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.

I also asked myself this before and I must admit it took me a while to interpret the contents of the webpage. There are multiple sections, e.g. 'Changes since R 2.12.2', 'Changes since R 2.11.1', 'Changes since R 2.11.0', and so on. Then within each section there are some dates mentioned. Given my current R version (say R 2.13.0 beta) and Rtools (Rtools213.exe), it not fully clear to me which section to look at, e.g. 'Changes since R 2.12.2'? It might be more clear if there instead the sections would be 'Changes in Rtools213', 'Changes in Rtools212' and so on, and within each maybe list updates by dates/version. More like a NEWS file. Then it would be easier to see if there is an updated available or not. Even a NEWS file only available as part of the installation will help decide whether the version you have installed differ from the one available online. Something like the following:


- Rtools 2.12 has been frozen.
- We have updated all of the tools to current Cygwin versions as of March 25, 2011. We added the "du" utility from Cygwin. We have dropped Vanilla Perl. The libjpeg version has been updated to 8c, and libpng has been updated to 1.5.1.

2010-10-18: [v2.12.0.1892] <== Is this an Rtools version?!? - Prior to October 18, 2010, builds of Rtools212.exe did not correctly install the "extras" required to build R. Version or later should fix this.
- We have now updated all of the tools to current Cygwin versions, and have updated the compilers, and included the 64 bit compilers into Rtools. See Prof. Ripley's page for the details. - Perl is rarely needed in R since R 2.12.0, so it is by default not installed.

- The 32 bit version of R-devel (to become R 2.12.0 in fall, 2010) will be built with gcc 4.5.x, so Rtools212 contains a completely new MinGW toolchain based on gcc 4.5.0.


Just a suggestion ...and thanks for providing Rtools!


>  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
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