Re: [R] R CMD build creates tar file instead of tar.gz file

From: Gabor Grothendieck <>
Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2011 12:48:29 -0400

On Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 12:36 PM, Ian Schiller <> wrote:
> Thanks for your prompt answer Mr. Ripley.  It appears the version of tar I'm using is exactly the same as the one included in the latest Rtools.  I noticed that the Rtools/bin directory was not first in path, so I corrected this.  However, I'm still not able to create a tar.gz file with the R CMD build command.   Then my question would be the following.  If I submit my package to CRAN do you know if it needs to be tar.gz or will a tar file be accepted?

A couple of things to try:

Rcmd.bat will automatically find R and certain other files from the registry and temporarily set certain environment variables that may compensate for a mis-configured system.

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