Re: [R] R package development in windows

From: Sundar Dorai-Raj <sundar.dorai-raj_at_pdf.com>
Date: Thu, 03 May 2007 11:40:54 -0700

Doran, Harold said the following on 5/3/2007 11:32 AM:
> I'm attempting to build an R package for distribution and am working
> from the directions found at
> http://www.maths.bris.ac.uk/~maman/computerstuff/Rhelp/Rpackages.html#Wi
> n-Win
>
> I've read through Writing R Extensions and various other "helpful" web
> sites. I've installed all relevant software (perl, cygwin, mingwin,
> hhc.exe). Here is what I have done so far:
>
> 1) Sourced data and functions into R
> 2) Used package.skeleton
> 3) Edited Description file
> 4) Edited my windows path to ensure the new programs (e.g., perl) are in
> the path
> 5) Then, I open DOS and do the following in the script below
>
> C:\Program Files\R\R-2.4.1\bin>Rcmd build --force --binary g:\foo
> * checking for file 'g:\foo/DESCRIPTION' ... OK
> * preparing 'g:\foo':
> * checking DESCRIPTION meta-information ...'sh' is not recognized as an
> internal
> or external command,
> operable program or batch file.
> OK
> * removing junk files
> 'sh' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
> operable program or batch file.
> 'sh' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
> operable program or batch file.
> 'sh' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
> operable program or batch file.
> Error: cannot open file 'foo/DESCRIPTION' for reading
>
> I'ver read through about as much documentation as I can find, and I'm
> just not sure what I should do from here. I admit that I have reached a
> point of frustration and must apologize if the problem would be evident
> if I read documentation further, but I'm about tapped out after a few
> days of experimentation.
>
> Can anyone suggest how I could resolve this and what the next steps
> would be?
>
> Thanks:
>
> I'm using Windows XP and R 2.4.1
>
> Harold
>

Do you have Rtools installed and in your system path? You should read all the documentation on that page.

http://www.murdoch-sutherland.com/Rtools/

HTH, --sundar



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