Re: [Rd] lme4 install, was Re: [R] Which executable is associated with R CMD INSTALL?

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Tue 07 Nov 2006 - 07:57:18 GMT

On Mon, 6 Nov 2006, Douglas Bates wrote:


> However, I think it exposes a problem with R CMD INSTALL. If there is
> a LinkingTo: directive in the DESCRIPTION file and the package's
> include directory cannot be found I think that R CMD INSTALL should
> abort.

That was a deliberate design decision: LinkingTo means 'add to the C include path if found'. I think rather a package that cannot work without the link should ensure that the compilation fails cleanly -- I was trying to allow the package writer the freedom to ignore the link if it was not available.

Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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