[R] Package development on Windows - latest guidance?

From: Michael Prager <mike.prager_at_noaa.gov>
Date: Sat 28 Oct 2006 - 14:49:15 GMT

I would like to start building R packages under Windows XP. I have programming experience and a minimal but working knowlege of many Unix (-like) programming tools. The package functions (for now) will be from R source, not C or Fortran.

I've installed Rtools, Perl, the MS hhc, and so on. I am setting up a command shell with the correct PATH for building packages. (The master Windows PATH points to different versions of make and grep that I prefer for my usual work.)

Two questions:

  1. GUIDANCE. Is the Peter Rossi document now the best place to look for detailed guidance? I have located it at


The links to it on the R Project Website are no longer good. I am also reading at the latest version of "Writing R Extensions."

2. LATEX. In Rossi's paper, fpTeX is recommended (I use VTeX in everyday work). However, fpTeX has been discontinued by the author. What is the best way to get an R-compatible TeX installation for this work? (or might I get VTeX working -- its command line is idiosyncratic but it can create PDF, DVI, or HTML directly from LaTeX source)?

Mike Prager
Southeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Beaufort, North Carolina USA

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