Re: [Rd] wine and build difference between R.2.4.0 and R 2.4.1 windows binaries?

From: Duncan Murdoch <>
Date: Fri 12 Jan 2007 - 18:07:43 GMT

On 1/12/2007 12:04 PM, Hin-Tak Leung wrote:
> Prof Brian Ripley wrote:

>> On Fri, 12 Jan 2007, Hin-Tak Leung wrote:
>>> I'd like to know one thing though - was there any specific reason for
>>> the mingw upgrade after 2.4.0, or was it just a routine
>>> latest-is-greatest upgrade?
>> There are specific requirements: from the CHANGES file
>> 2.4.0:
>> mingw-runtime >= 3.10 is required to build R (a bug fix in the handling
>> of MBCS code is required).  This is enforced by a check in building
>> Rpwd.exe.

> Argh... MBCS. I tried running wine with debug on,
> ( WINEDEBUG=+relay wine Rgui.exe 2>&1 ) and it shows that just before
> 2.4.1/2.5dev crashes, R tried to called strlen() and strchr() on
> "Error: invalid multibyte string" in ntdll.
> Call ntdll.strlen(6c9a0a80 "Error: invalid multibyte string\n") ret=6c9150bd
> Call ntdll.strchr(00e192e0 "Error: invalid multibyte string\n",0000000a)
> ret=6c704ec0

That may be the error people were getting when running 2.4.0 in a Simplified Chinese locale, because one of the translation files had the wrong encoding. See this message in CHANGES:

The Simplified Chinese menu messages were in the wrong format, causing RGui to crash on startup. (PR#9277)

Duncan Murdoch

> It might be bogus, but the same trace is not found in
> WINEDEBUG=+relay wine Rgui.exe 2>&1
> with R 2.4.0 .
> Can I have a svn revision number for the MBCS change please? It
> should probably be the first thing I look at, as soon as I get
> my cross-compile tools up to date... thanks a lot.
> Hin-Tak

>> 2.5.0-to-be:
>> mingw-runtime >= 3.11 is needed to build R.
>> [There are multiple reasons, but one is that isblank is missing in 
>> earlier versions.]
>> I am almost certain that I have build R 2.4.1 with mingw-runtime 3.10.

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