Re: [R] Problem with building R packages under Windows

From: Uwe Ligges <>
Date: Thu 18 Aug 2005 - 17:27:06 EST

Dr L. Y Hin wrote:

> Dear all,
> I am coming to the guru for advise here. I am a native user of Windows,
> and S-plus, and the process of migrating my libraries from S to R has been
> more than a painstaking task...
> I am currently using R version 2.1.1 in Windows XP SP2.
> I have read the "Writing R extensions", "the FAQ in R", and your valuable
> document
> "R for Windows Users", but still unable to compile a package in
> R using Rcmd (likely stupidity on my part).
> The followings are what I have done:
> 1. Downloaded and setup ActivePerl and the path (in control panel) of
> c:\Perl\bin has been added automatically. I have downloaded version
> (5.8.7).

You need the native port, not the cygwin one.

> 2. Downloaded and setup tools bundle from
> and
> unzip them into c:\bin and added the path (in control panel) of c:\bin

Hmm, the tools are no longer available from this location! The current link is:

For the current R version, the procedure is documented in the manual "R Installation and Administration".

> 3. Downloaded and setup the entire package of MikTex at
> and added
> the path (in control panel) of C:\texmf\miktex\bin
> 4. Added the path (in control panel) referencing R (this version being
> R2.0patched) which
> is C:\Program Files\R\rw2000pat\bin

Above you told us about R-2.1.1 .....!
Please, really use a recent version.

Uwe Ligges

> 5. Since my codes are all in R scripts without compiled codes, I did not
> install MinGW.
> 6. At DOS prompt at the preamble of the directory called foo (which
> contained all subdirectories as created in R using
> package.skeleton(name = "foo", list=cdgam.func)),
> I typed the following:
> C:\>Rcmd build --binary foo
> Can't locate R/ in @INC <@INC contains: c:\share\perl c:/Perl/lib
> c:/Perl/site/lib .> at C:/bin/build line 29.
> BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at C:/bin/build line 29.
> I'd be very grateful if anyone could kindly advise me on this matter.
> Thanks.
> Lin
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