Re: [Rd] undefined type 'struct tms' when compiling for MinGW

From: Mike Leahy <>
Date: Mon 24 Apr 2006 - 13:23:52 GMT

Ok, that was it. After taking Msys out of the equation, and removing some extra folders at the start of my PATH that weren't supposed to be there, the whole thing compiled perfectly. Thanks again for your help.


Prof Brian Ripley wrote:

> I think you are somehow running in MSYS (also not part of the
> instructions) and so have a different Perl earlier in your path.
> There's a comment in those instructions about
>     This section contains a lot of prescriptive comments.  They are
>     here as a result of bitter experience.
> and you are finding that out the hard way.
> On Mon, 24 Apr 2006, Mike Leahy wrote:

>> Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
>>> On Mon, 24 Apr 2006, Mike Leahy wrote:
>>>> Hello list,
>>>> Out of interest, I've been trying to compile R on WinXP with
>>>> MinGW/MSYS.
>>>> I've been following the instructions for compiling R on windows as
>>>> closely as possible. Below is my configure statement, which seems to
>>>> work okay except that no browser or pdf viewer is found, and html docs
>>> But those instructions do not tell you to run configure!
>> This is an important detail that I overlooked...
>>>> will not be compiled... I've tried enabling/disabling many different
>>>> options, and I also add to hack some files to include psignal.h and
>>>> run.h using absolute path references. At any rate, I will invariably
>>>> get the errors below with R-2.2.1 and R-rc (from R-latest.tar.gz
>>>> downloaded a few hours ago). It seems that it is looking for times.h
>>>> which doesn't exist in the MinGW setup - but should it even be building
>>>> anything from the src/unix folder? I figure I must be missing some key
>>>> configuration or step in the windows build instructions...
>>> I think you are missing the instructions, period. There is a separate
>>> chapter in the R-admin manual about building for Windows.
>> This is essentially true...I had been reading those instructions, in
>> addition to those by Prof. Ripley / Duncan Murdoch. However, after you
>> pointed out my first mistake above, I reread the instructions and found
>> I had skipped over a big chunk. It seems to be compiling the core
>> itself now - thanks for the pointer.
>> Unfortunately, I have run into a new snag...if I set 'HELP = YES' in
>> MkRules, I get the following output from the build:
>> writing help indices for package: baseCan't locate R/ in @INC
>> (@INC contains: C /msys/src/R-2.2.1/share/perl /usr/li
>> b/perl5/5.6.1/msys /usr/lib/perl5/5.6.1
>> /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.6.1/msys /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.6.1
>> /usr/lib/perl5/sit
>> e_perl .) at ../../../share/perl/ line 23.
>> BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at
>> ../../../share/perl/ line 23.
>> make[2]: *** [index-base] Error 2
>> make[1]: *** [rpackageindices] Error 1
>> make: *** [all] Error 2
>> I have the latest ActiveState windows port of perl installed in c:\perl,
>> which is v5.8.8, and I have no idea why this '@INC' parameter is
>> pointing to a version of perl (5.6.1) that doesn't even exist in my msys
>> installation. I looked for any obvious settings in MkRules and didn't
>> have any luck. My PATH points to the ActiveState installation of
>> perl...I'm not sure what else can be changed here. Any ideas for this?
>> Thanks again for any help,
>> Mike
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