[Rd] Building manuals are failing now that MikTex 2.9 has removed texi2dvi.exe

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Oct 9 07:44:17 CEST 2015

Hmm, look in MkRules.dist for the setting you failed to make .... 
Obviously available in R-patched and R-devel only as we cannot foretell 
such changes.

On 09/10/2015 06:24, Avraham Adler wrote:
> According to the MikTex bug reports [1], MikTex 2.9 has removed
> texi2dvi.exe last week (on 2015-09-29) as "it was not compatible
> (anymore) with the original shell script texi2dvi (GNU Texinfo)." I
> found this out the hard way as I just (unknowingly) updated MikTex
> this evening, and then, while building R-devel_2015-10-08 on Windows7
> 64bit using the Rtools 3.3 toolchain (4.9.3 branch), had it crash

Note what the posting guide says about not abusing the word 'crash'.

> during `make manuals` with:
> Output written on fullrefman.pdf (3468 pages, 9511515 bytes).
> Transcript written on fullrefman.log.
> creating doc/manual/version.texi
> texi2dvi --pdf --texinfo="@set UseExternalXrefs " R-FAQ.texi
> texi2dvi: not found
> make[1]: *** [R-FAQ.pdf] Error 127
> make: *** [manuals] Error 2
> Outside of trying to dig up an old (and now obsolete) version of the
> executable, what can be, or should be, done to build the manuals, or
> have we lost that ability?
> Thank you,
> Avi
> [1] http://sourceforge.net/p/miktex/bugs/2400/

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics, University of Oxford
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