[Rd] questions as to building R from source under Windows

Peter Ruckdeschel peter.ruckdeschel at web.de
Mon Feb 1 20:59:31 CET 2010

Yet another clarification:


>> (4) Did not work for me: build R on D:
>>              --- a Vista / Windows 7 issue?
>> In the end I succeeded with my build on drive C: (NTFS formatted)
>> giving the current user full access privileges to the installation
>> folders; before, in order to circumvent these privilege issues,
>> I tried building R on a different drive (D:) which in my case is
>> formatted as FAT32; somehow I got stuck with this, though;
>> (my Rtools are on C:). Is this a known issue /can you reproduce this?
> I build R and packages on d:/ without any problems. I do not think that
> the drive letter is the issues here. It may be some new MS security
> policy on FAT drives - or whatever. I have not used FAT formatted drives
> for serious work for at least a decade now.

At the end of the day, after having set the "right" TMPDIR environment
variable and copied the Tcl folder as indicated in R-admin.html,
it was /not/ a FAT32 issue: I managed to build it now on D:\
(although I agree with Uwe that this is probably not what you want to
do if NTFS works...)

best, Peter

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