Re: [Rd] r cmd build

From: Gabor Grothendieck <>
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2007 10:58:10 -0400

Something should be added to the Writing Extensions manual since one gets this message during the R CMD build on Vista:

hhc: not found
CHM compile failed: HTML Help Workshop not installed?

and one is not really sure if the result is ok or not -- it does say it FAILED. Even better would be to get rid of the message or improve the message. Again, this all refers to doing a build on Vista.

On 9/16/07, Uwe Ligges <> wrote:
> Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
> > The Writing Extensions manual says to do an R CMD build for releases
> > to CRAN. That's what I have been doing and that does produce a .tar.gz
> > file even though I get a message about hhc.exe. Is that what I should continue
> > to do and ignore the message or should I be using one of the alternatives
> > you mention to create a .tar.gz release file on Vista?
> Well, to produce a tar.gz, it is not required to have hhc.exe. It might
> happen that vignettes are created and therefore the package is installed
> for this purpose (and hhc is used to produce some help pages -
> temporarily). When hhc is not found at that place, just ignore it, the
> resulting .tar.gz should really be fine.
> Uwe Ligges
> > On 9/16/07, Duncan Murdoch <> wrote:

> >> On 15/09/2007 10:27 PM, Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
> >>> On Windows Vista hhc.exe is not available. One can do this on an
> >>> install:
> >>>
> >>> rcmd install --docs=normal myPackage
> >>>
> >>> to avoid the message about hhc.exe; however,
> >>> "rcmd build" does not appear to support --docs=normal so one cannot
> >>> do a build without getting a message about hhc.exe (although the build
> >>> still proceeds).
> >> Are you talking about "build --binary"? I recommend using "install
> >> --build" instead. AFAIK a non-binary build doesn't make any use of hhc.
> >>
> >> Another way to do an install or build without getting that message is to
> >> indicate in src/gnuwin32/MkRules that you don't want to build CHM help.
> >>
> >> Duncan Murdoch
> >>
> >
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