[Rd] wine and build difference between R.2.4.0 and R 2.4.1 windows binaries?

Hin-Tak Leung hin-tak.leung at cimr.cam.ac.uk
Fri Jan 12 19:26:11 CET 2007

Duncan Murdoch wrote:
> On 1/12/2007 12:04 PM, Hin-Tak Leung wrote:
>> Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
>>> On Fri, 12 Jan 2007, Hin-Tak Leung wrote:
>>>> I'd like to know one thing though - was there any specific reason for
>>>> the mingw upgrade after 2.4.0, or was it just a routine
>>>> latest-is-greatest upgrade?
>>> There are specific requirements: from the CHANGES file
>>> 2.4.0:
>>> mingw-runtime >= 3.10 is required to build R (a bug fix in the handling
>>> of MBCS code is required).  This is enforced by a check in building
>>> Rpwd.exe.
>> Argh... MBCS. I tried running wine with debug on,
>> ( WINEDEBUG=+relay wine Rgui.exe 2>&1 ) and it shows that just before 
>> 2.4.1/2.5dev crashes, R tried to called strlen() and strchr() on
>> "Error: invalid multibyte string" in ntdll.
>> Call ntdll.strlen(6c9a0a80 "Error: invalid multibyte string\n") 
>> ret=6c9150bd
>> Call ntdll.strchr(00e192e0 "Error: invalid multibyte 
>> string\n",0000000a) ret=6c704ec0
> That may be the error people were getting when running 2.4.0 in a 
> Simplified Chinese locale, because one of the translation files had the 
> wrong encoding.  See this message in CHANGES:
> The Simplified Chinese menu messages were in the wrong format, causing
> RGui to crash on startup. (PR#9277)

2.4.0 works and 2.4.1/2.5dev crashes, all on the same machine with
the same version of wine in en_GB.UTF-8 locale.

export |grep 'LANG'
declare -x LANG="en_GB.UTF-8"

I found all 3 versions of Rgui.exe hangs (and not crashes) if I run
wine under LANG=C .

I think it would be most interesting to try building the older 2.4.0
with newer mingw - that would distinguish whether it is code change
in R or change in mingw. (I'll give this a try in the next few days).


> Duncan Murdoch
>> It might be bogus, but the same trace is not found in
>> WINEDEBUG=+relay wine Rgui.exe 2>&1
>> with R 2.4.0 .
>> Can I have a svn revision number for the MBCS change please? It
>> should probably be the first thing I look at, as soon as I get
>> my cross-compile tools up to date... thanks a lot.
>> Hin-Tak
>>> 2.5.0-to-be:
>>> mingw-runtime >= 3.11 is needed to build R.
>>> [There are multiple reasons, but one is that isblank is missing in 
>>> earlier versions.]
>>> I am almost certain that I have build R 2.4.1 with mingw-runtime 3.10.

More information about the R-devel mailing list