[Rd] Error in gzfile(file, mode) when checking a package with rcmd check

Henrik Bengtsson hb at biostat.ucsf.edu
Sun Nov 6 20:57:06 CET 2011

On Sun, Nov 6, 2011 at 11:27 AM, Duncan Murdoch
<murdoch.duncan at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 11-11-06 1:59 PM, Patrick Giraudoux wrote:
>> Le 06/11/2011 19:47, Milan Bouchet-Valat a écrit :
>>> Le dimanche 06 novembre 2011 à 19:31 +0100, Patrick Giraudoux a écrit :
>>>> Means "Mes documents" seems not to be the real cause, but the "On
>>>> Work" directory. However, replacing "On Work" by "On_work" gives a
>>>> failure as before. Conclusion: looks like if the "space" character is
>>>> not the problem, but the length of the path or the number of embedded
>>>> directories (?).
>>> Is "On Work" the actual name, or a translation? Accentuated characters
>>> are often the cause of bugs in filenames.
>>> Cheers
>> Yes. There is no accent just a space as in "Documents and settings" or
>> "My Documents" or "Mes documents". To check if there was really a
>> 'space' problem, I have renamed "On Work" to "On_work" (with no space),
>> and rcmd check does not work better.
>> Rcmd check works fine only when the pgirmess folder is moved one
>> directory up (so still on a path that still have 'space' in directory
>> names, e.g. "Documents and Settings" and "Mes documents".
>> Quite strange.
> Windows historically had quite a short limit on pathnames (something like
> 260 characters, or bytes), and also on command lines.  I don't know what the
> current limits are, but R has the 260 limit coded into it, and likely some
> of our other tools do too.  Your paths don't approach that limit, but once
> you put several copies of them into one command line, you would.  I suspect
> that's what is catching you.

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