[Rd] compiling R-devel

From: <apjaworski_at_mmm.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2007 15:31:28 -0500


I am in a habit of compiling daily snapshots of R-devel and R-patched on my Windows XP workstation. I have cygwin environment with up-to-date RTools and MiKTeX. I run cygwin and MiKTeX upadaters pretty often (every couple of days) so both of them are reasonably current.

Recently I noticed a small annoyance when compiling R-dvel. It started happening right after I updated to the new version of RTools (containing MinGW 4.2.1-sjlj compilers). Everything else stayed the same with possible exception of MiKTeX update.

I usually just type "make distribution" to compile everything. The compilation itself goes smoothly. Then the PDF version of the reference manual is created. Then I see this:

Output written on refman.pdf (1563 pages, 7869936 bytes). Transcript written on refman.log.
creating doc/manual/version.texi
texi2dvi --pdf --texinfo="@set UseExternalXrefs " R-FAQ.texi This is pdfTeX, Version 3.141592-1.40.4 (MiKTeX 2.6) entering extended mode
! I can't find file `\tmp\t2d6036\xtr\R-FAQ.texi'.
<*> /tmp/t2d6036/xtr/R-FAQ.texi

Please type another input file name:

Now the file /tmp/t2d6036/xtr/R-FAQ.texi exists at this point is not empty and has usual protection codes. I tried different versions of back and front slashes, double backslashes, etc., but to no avail. I was getting the same message - the file cannot be found. The only thing that works is the plain file name. That is, if I just type (or copy and paste) the string R-FAQ.texi everything works fine. This happens three times for every manual (except the refman). After that the compilation ends normally, the windows installer is created and, when I run the installer, I get everything working correctly including PDFs of the manuals.

It looks to me like the /tmp/t2d6036/xtr/ part of the name gets already pre-pended to whatever name the make process provides so it expects just the file name. Alternatively, something changed in my MiKTeX setup due to updates. However, the refman compiles properly and I can also compile other LaTeX with no apparent problems.

Thanks in advance,


Andy Jaworski
Process Laboratory
3M Corporate Research Laboratory

E-mail: apjaworski_at_mmm.com
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