[Rd] R CMD build cannot create vignettes on Windows if Makefile is used

Hervé Pagès hpages at fhcrc.org
Sun Sep 12 06:49:17 CEST 2010

Hi Duncan,

On 09/11/2010 03:56 AM, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
> On 11/09/2010 12:52 AM, Hervé Pagès wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I found the following problem with recent R-devel
>> (2010-08-26 r52817) on Windows (32-bit and 64-bit):
>> 'R CMD build <pkg>' gets stalled during vignett
>> creation for packages that have a Makefile in <pkg>/inst/doc.
>> It seems that the problem is that the commands used in the
>> Makefile for converting .tex to .pdf are not able to locate
>> the Sweave.sty file anymore (if I drop this file to
>> <pkg>/inst/doc, then the problem goes away).
> This sounds like a problem that only the package maintainer could
> address. Presumably it will be temporary: once they adjust to the new
> organization of the share/texmf directory, things will be fine again.
> The reorg is described in this NEWS item:
> * Directory R_HOME/share/texmf now follows the TDS conventions, so
> can be set as a texmf tree ('root directory' in MiKTeX parlance).

Before this reorg, the package maintainer didn't have to care about
where to find things in R_HOME/share/texmf. 'R CMD build' would just
find them by setting the TEXINPUTS envir variable appropriately (and
then commands in the inst/doc/Makefile file would find them too).

This reorg was checked in svn as rev 52256. I see the following
adjustments to TEXINPUTS:

   ** On Unix (src/scripts/Rcmd.in file):

-## Append 'share/texmf' to TeX's input search path.
-if test -z "$TEXINPUTS}"; then
-  TEXINPUTS=".:${R_SHARE_DIR}/texmf:"
+## Append 'share/texmf/...' to TeX's input search path.
+if test -z "${TEXINPUTS}"; then
+  TEXINPUTS=".:${R_SHARE_DIR}/texmf/tex/latex:"
+  TEXINPUTS=".:${TEXINPUTS}:${R_SHARE_DIR}/texmf/tex/latex:"
  export TEXINPUTS

   ** On Windows (src/gnuwin32/fixed/etc/Rcmd_environ file):


The path seems to have been adjusted correctly. So my question is:
why isn't this working on Windows for packages that use a Makefile?


> Duncan Murdoch
>> I noticed that the location of Sweave.sty shipped with
>> R has changed recently (moved from ${R_HOME}/share/texmf
>> to ${R_HOME}/share/texmf/tex/latex/). Could that be related
>> to the problem?
>> I don't see that problem on platforms other than Windows or
>> with R < 2.12
>> Thanks,
>> H.

Hervé Pagès

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