[Rd] R CMD check in Windows

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Mon Nov 19 16:50:06 CET 2007

On 11/19/2007 10:37 AM, Fernando Miguez wrote:
> Hi all,
> R CMD check does not work for me under Windows. This is the error
> R CMD check mypackage.tar.gz
> * checking for working latex ... OK
> tar: and: Not found in archive
> tar: Settings/miguez/ ... /00_pkg_src: Not found in archive
> tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
> Error: cannot untar mypackage.tar.gz
> I know tar is available because R CMD build created the tarball in the 
> first place and man tar works.
> I'm mostly working in Linux but if I can fix this it would be nice. Ok 
> now I'm thinking that I might have an old version of perl installed and 
> this might be the problem. Any suggestions/explanations are welcome.

Old/bad versions of some utility are the likely cause.  The Rtools 
collection contains a custom version of tar; if your PATH is finding a 
different one first, that could be the trouble.

Take a look at the "Windows Toolset" section of the admin manual, and 
make sure you follow the instructions about path order (and the rest, too).

It is possible to use a different PATH than the one in the manual, but 
there are many more choices that fail than there are that succeed.

Duncan Murdoch

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