[Rd] pure R code package for Windows

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Sat Apr 28 16:51:43 CEST 2007

If you want to build it on Windows (rather than do a cross build) there are
links to HowTo's in the Links section of this page regarding various
Windows tasks:


On 4/28/07, Petr Savicky <savicky at cs.cas.cz> wrote:
> Dear R developers,
> I am using R under Linux, but I would like to share
> an extension package with some Windows users. The package
> contains only data and .R scripts. There is no src directory.
> So, I think I do not need a Windows machine with C compiler,
> "make", "sh" and "perl". If I am wrong, please tell me.
> I tried the following approaches (after verifying the package
> using R CMD check - 1 warning concerning the missing documentation
> for some of the R-functions.)
> 1. Installing the source package (with no C, C++ or F files)
>   directly on Windows XP. Installation complains that
>   "make" command is mising. OK, it is a source package.
> 2. Building binary package using R CMD build --binary --use-zip
>   on Linux and try to install it under Windows XP. Installation
>   complains that "make" command is missing. (Why, if it is
>   a binary package?).
> 3. Build the package from source on Windows XP using
>   R CMD build <package>. Installation complains that "sh"
>   is missing. (Why is it looking for "sh", if it is a properly
>   working R installation under Windows?)
> 4. Install the package under Linux and zip the directory
>   library/<package> and unzip it in the library directory
>   on Windows machine. This works. The package behaves
>   correctly. However, I do not think that this is a suggested
>   method.
> Could you help me?
> Thank you in advance. Petr Savicky.
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