Re: [Rd] Rcmd install on Vista

From: Gabor Grothendieck <>
Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2007 03:12:20 -0400

I finally got R CMD install and R CMD check working on Vista:

  1. put both R and the package source in the %userprofile% tree, i.e. in C:\Users\yourName or below. During installation setup of R the Select Destination Location screen lets you specify this.
  2. The environment variable tmpdir should be set as follows: set tempdir=%temp% in the Windows console prior to the R session. If you forget this there will be a latex error.
  3. hhc.exe must be there on XP but it must NOT be there on Vista. If it is you get very annoying popups although it finally does run. where hhc.exe from the Windows console will search for it. It should NOT be present. However, MiKTeX and Rtools should be installed.

On 9/7/07, Gabor Grothendieck <> wrote:
> Has anyone successfully used Rcmd install or Rcmd check on
> Windows Vista? I have been successfully been running R itself,
> just not Rcmd install and Rcmd check.
> Rcmd check fails, the Ryacas.Rcheck it creates is
> read-only, I don't have permission to delete it and I have
> to reset the permissions on it just to delete it.
> With Rcmd install I am getting the following which looks like I
> am running into permissions problems and, of course, these also
> show up in Rcmd check.
> I had installed R into C:\Program Files\R\R-2.6.0 and my library
> location is in C:/Users/... as seen below.
> I found I had to set tmpdir and R_LIBS appropriately to run Rcmd
> check and install to even get this far.
> ----------- Making package Ryacas ------------
> adding build stamp to DESCRIPTION
> installing R files
> installing demos
> installing inst files
> find: C:/Users/ggroth/Documents/R/win-library/2.6/Ryacas/doc: Permission denied
> find: C:/Users/ggroth/Documents/R/win-library/2.6/Ryacas/yacdir:
> Permission denied
> ...
> make[2]: *** [C:/Users/ggroth/Documents/R/win-library/2.6/Ryacas/inst] Error 1
> make[1]: *** [all] Error 2
> make: *** [pkg-Ryacas] Error 2
> *** installation of Ryacas failed ***
> Removing 'C:/Users/ggroth/Documents/R/win-library/2.6/Ryacas'
> Can't read C:/Users/ggroth/Documents/R/win-library/2.6/Ryacas/doc:
> Invalid argument at C:\PROGRA~1\R\R-26~1.0/bin/install line 434
> Can't remove directory
> C:/Users/ggroth/Documents/R/win-library/2.6/Ryacas/doc: Directory not
> empty at C:\PROGRA~1\R\R-26~1.0/bin/install line 434
> ... and additionl similar lines ...
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