Re: [Rd] compiling R-devel *on Windows*

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Sat, 01 Sep 2007 04:59:12 +0100 (BST)

This is pretty clearly a problem in texi2dvi (which is part of MiKTeX), not in R, since the line passed is

texi2dvi --pdf --texinfo="@set UseExternalXrefs " R-FAQ.texi

I get

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.141592-1.40.4 (MiKTeX 2.6) entering extended mode
(c:\DOCUME~1\ripley\LOCALS~1\Temp\mik54358\_xtr\R-FAQ.texi (C:\packages\miktex2.6\tex\texinfo\base\texinfo.tex ...

I think your TMP variable is set to a Cygwin-style path, although when I experimented with that MiKTeX dropped back to c:\TEMP.

On Fri, 31 Aug 2007, Duncan Murdoch wrote:

> wrote:

>> Hello.
>> 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.

But there was a change to use texi2dvi if present a couple of weeks ago.

>> 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,

> How do you have your temp directory set?  I'm not sure if it's R or one
> of the build tools that's important here, so it's worth looking at all
> environment variables TMPDIR, TEMP, TMP, etc.
> Are you running the build in Cygwin, or in a Windows CMD window?  I use
> Cygwin (not quite so current as yours) and don't see this error.
> Duncan Murdoch
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