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

Duncan Murdoch murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Sun Sep 12 20:45:31 CEST 2010

On 12/09/2010 12:04 PM, Wolfgang Huber wrote:
> Hi Duncan
> wouldn't it be possible that by default the Sweave.sty in share/texmf is 
> found by 'R CMD build' for use by package vignettes without manual 
> intervention?

Yes, it does work that way.  What Hervé is talking about are cases where 
people use Makefiles to bypass the normal process.

Duncan Murdoch

> AfaIcs this is also how it worked in the past.
> Best wishes
>           Wolfgang
> On Sep/11/10 12:56 PM, 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 vignette
>>> 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).
>> 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.
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