[Rd] R 2.12.0 problems with Windows XP 32-bit binary installer

Bill.Venables at csiro.au Bill.Venables at csiro.au
Mon Oct 18 08:44:19 CEST 2010

Re-installing PolynomF did fix that problem, though there are now others, namely R under ESS does not work.  It bombs out with a curious message about text being read-only.  

For me this is an equally serious problem, but that's another mailing list.  You may wish to be aware of it, though.


-----Original Message-----
From: Prof Brian Ripley [mailto:ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk] 
Sent: Monday, 18 October 2010 4:20 PM
To: Hodgess, Erin
Cc: Duncan Murdoch; Venables, Bill (CMIS, Cleveland); r-devel at r-project.org
Subject: Re: [Rd] R 2.12.0 problems with Windows XP 32-bit binary installer

On Sun, 17 Oct 2010, Hodgess, Erin wrote:

> I found the Rgui.exe under directory R\R-2.12.0\bin\i386.

Please read the CHANGES file: this is the first item for 2.12.0.

I don't believe it is related to Bill's problem.  The latter looks 
like a package installed for R < 2.12.0 (also covered in the first 
item of CHANGES), but without the exact message we cannot be sure.

(For the record, Mac OS X has 'fat' binaries, but R does not use them 
for compiled code in packages - it used subdirectories just as on 

> Thanks,
> Erin
> Erin M. Hodgess, PhD
> Associate Professor
> Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences
> University of Houston - Downtown
> mailto: hodgesse at uhd.edu
> ________________________________
> From: Duncan Murdoch [mailto:murdoch.duncan at gmail.com]
> Sent: Sun 10/17/2010 7:53 PM
> To: Bill.Venables at csiro.au
> Cc: Hodgess, Erin; r-devel at r-project.org
> Subject: Re: R 2.12.0 problems with Windows XP 32-bit binary installer
> Bill.Venables at csiro.au wrote:
>> I am having a problem with the installed R 2.12.0 on 32-bit Windows XP machine using the binary version.
>> The installer I am using is R-2.12.0-win.exe .  The problem I have 
>> is that some of my installed packages will not load, in particular 
>> PolynomF, which has a pre-compiled .dll.  Other packages such as 
>> SOAR, which is pure R, attach and work without a hitch.
>> The error message I am getting when trying to load PolynomF is a 
>> question whether or not the package has been compiled for the 
>> present architecture.  (This package works without a hitch on 
>> R-2.11.1, for example.)
>> Is there any significance in the name of the installer now 
>> including just "win" rather than "win32", as it was in the last 
>> release?
>> Is it the case that all packages will have to be re-built for the 
>> present release?
> Generally packages do need to be rebuilt for new versions of R (other
> than patch releases, where only the last digit changes).  R 2.12.0
> supports both 32 bit and 64 bit Windows in the same installation, and
> since Windows doesn't have MacOS-like "universal" binaries, that means
> binaries need to be put in the right place.  Generally that's an i386
> subdirectory for 32 bit, and an x64 directory for 64 bit.
> I don't know why a 32 bit DLL wouldn't work with 32 bit R 2.12.0, but if
> it was installed for 2.11.1, it might not be in the right place.
> Duncan Murdoch
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