[Rd] Sweave.sh shell script on CRAN

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Mon Apr 16 16:28:04 CEST 2007

On 4/16/2007 10:13 AM, Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
> On 4/16/07, Duncan Murdoch <murdoch at stats.uwo.ca> wrote:
>> On 4/16/2007 7:53 AM, Gregor Gorjanc wrote:
>> > Duncan Murdoch wrote:
>> >>> I do not have any experience with use of (bash) shell scripts under
>> >>> Windows. Sweave.sh can be used with Cygwin, but I am not sure how to use
>> >>> shell script without Cygwin. I noticed that some "scripts" in R*/bin
>> >>> directory on our Windows machine are perl (build, check, INSTALL, ...)
>> >>> and shell (Rd2dvi.sh, Stangle.sh, Sweave.sh, ...) scripts. This
>> >>> therefore means that R ships also perl and shell interpreter or am I
>> >>> missing something?
>> >>
>> >> We don't ship Perl or sh.exe, but we do describe how to get them in the
>> >> R Admin manual.
>> >
>> > Maybe I got this totally wrong. Say someone who uses Windows finds R and
>> > installs it via setup file. Can he/she launch the folowing without
>> > having Perl and/or sh.exe?
>> >
>> > R CMD script whateverOption
>> No.  Installing a binary package has a pure R implementation so it
>> doesn't need R CMD, but most of the capabilities of R CMD are not
>> available with a basic R install.
> Can you just clarify what the dependencies are for
> Rcmd sweave
> where Rcmd is the Rcmd command distributed with R that is run
> from the Windows command line.   Does that require perl or other
> tools to run?

That needs sh.exe, not Perl.  But it's just the equivalent of

  echo "library('utils'); Sweave('filename')" | Rterm --no-restore --slave

at the command line or


in a standard R session.

Duncan Murdoch

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