Re: [R] issue with odfWeave running on Windows XP; question about installing packages under Linux

From: Max Kuhn <mxkuhn_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 21:15:12 -0400

Sorry for the delayed response.

An upgrade of the XML package has broken odfWeave; see this thread:

   https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-help/2011-May/278063.html

That may be your issue. We're working on the problem now. I'll post to R-Packages when we have a working update. If you like, I can send you the eventual fixes if you would like to test them.

Thanks,

Max

On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 3:35 PM, <rmailbox_at_justemail.net> wrote:
> I also have a problem using odfWeave on Windows XP with R > R2.11.1. odfWeave fails, giving mysterious error messages. (Not quite the same as yours, but similar. I sent the info to Max Kuhn privately, but did not get a response after two tries.) My odfWeave reporting system worked fine prior to R2.12 and then the same code that ran fine under R2.11.1 stopped working. Using the very same machine and running the very same code under R2.11.1 it still runs fine today. So, something is not quite right with odfWeave on Windows XP for R > R2.11.1, and I don't know what it is. My "solution" is to keep R2.11.1 around until it can be resolved.
>
> Eric
>
>
>
> ----- Original message -----
> From: "Cormac Long" <clong150_at_googlemail.com>
> To: r-help_at_r-project.org
> Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 10:45:06 +0100
> Subject: [R] issue with odfWeave running on Windows XP; question about installing packages under Linux
>
> Good morning R community,
>
> I have two questions (and a comment):
> 1)
> A problem with odfWeave. I have an odf document
> with a table that spans multiple pages. Each cell in the table is
> populated using \sexpr{<R stuff>}. This worked fine on my
> own machine (windows 7 box using any R2.x.y, for x>=11) and
> on a colleagues machine (Windows XP box running R2.11.1).
> However, on a third machine (Windows XP box running R2.12.0
> or R2.13.0), odfWeave fails with the following error:
>    Error in parse(text = cmd) : <text>:1:36: unexpected '>'
>    1: GLOBAL_CONTAI<text:soft-page-break/>
> A poke around in the unzipped odt file reveals the culprit:
>    \Sexpr{GLOBAL_CONTAI<text:soft-page-break/>NER$repDat$Dec[i]}
> which should read
>    \Sexpr{GLOBAL_CONTAINER$repDat$Dec[i]}
>
> The page break coincides with where the table overruns from
> one page to the next.
>
> Now, if this was a constant error across all machines, that
> would be annoying, but ok. My questions are:
>   a) Can anyone think of a sensible suggestion why has this
>       happened only on one machine, and not on other machines?
>   b) Is there any way of handling such silent xml modifications
>      (apart from odfTable, which I have only just bumped into, or
>      extremely judicious choice of table construction, which is
>      tedious and unreliable)?
>
> 2)
> When installing some packages on linux (notably RODBC and XML),
> you need to ensure that you linux distro has extra header files installed.
> This is a particular issue in Ubuntu. The question is: is there any way
> that a package can check for necessary external header files and issue
> suitable warnings? For example, if you try to install RODBC on Ubuntu
> without first installing unixodbc-dev, the installation will fail with the
> error:
>    configure: error: "ODBC headers sql.h and sqlext.h not found
> which is useful, but not particularly suggestive of requiring unixodbc-dev
>
>
> A further comment on odfWeave: odfWeave uses system calls to
> zip and unzip when processing the odt documents. Would it not
> be a good idea for the odfWeave package to check for the presence
> of zip and unzip utilities and report accordingly when trying to install?
> By default, Windows XP boxes do not have these utilities installed
> (installing Rtools does away with this problem).
>
>
> Many thanks in advance,
> Dr. Cormac Long.
>
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-- 

Max

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