[Rd] build packages with vignettes in Windows

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Wed Apr 30 22:29:34 CEST 2008

On 4/30/2008 4:01 PM, Simon Urbanek wrote:
> On Apr 30, 2008, at 2:31 PM, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
>> On 4/30/2008 11:56 AM, Michael wrote:
>>> On 29 Apr 2008, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
>>>> Right, you don't need to set the system path for everything, but  
>>>> you do
>>>> need to set it in CMD (or other shell) before running Rcmd.
>>> For Win 2K/XP/Vista, the system path can be set (through the GUI  
>>> interface,
>>> not sure how to do it with scripts) without restarting, for new CMD
>>> processes started afterwards.
>> Sure, but the installer doesn't know how to do that.  It just sets  
>> the path in the registry; it doesn't know how to give Explorer a  
>> kick to get it to reload from there.  As far as I know there's no  
>> documented way to do that.
> FWIW the PATH setting is effective immediately (at least on 2k/ 
> XP ...). Any new shell you start (e.g. using Run..) will have the  
> updated PATH already.

Does that happen with the Rtools installer?  I didn't know that.  I 
thought explorer only changes the PATH at startup, or when you edit it 
from the control panel.


> I was always very skeptical as editing PATH in the installer is  
> concerned (and I have always declined any automated changes), but I  
> really love the feature that allows me to edit the whole PATH  
> interactively in an editor-like window.
> Also note that the rebooting is optional, you can still safely decline  
> it so I see no reason why that should deter anyone.
> Cheers,
> Simon

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