R for WINDOWS (was [R] R-0.63.1 is released)

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Dec 7 16:33:39 CET 1998

> To: "Heberto Ghezzo" <heberto at MEAKINS.Lan.McGill.CA>
> Subject: Re: [R] R-0.63.1 is released
> From: Peter Dalgaard BSA <p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk>
> "Heberto Ghezzo" <heberto at MEAKINS.Lan.McGill.CA> writes:
> > Sorry for a silly question but. . . 
> > why the new version is 'bdr0631' ? what is the 'bdr' for?
> > new compiler, new what? 
> *B*rian *D*. *R*ipley...
> > So far compiled packages worked across versions R0.62.1 to R.0 63
> > now with the bdr Ripley says that some packages may not work? Why?
> Windows DLLs are tricky business, anything may depend on anything.
> including the exact OS version of the system generating the binaries.
> And: he probably didn't have time to check things.

First, I think Heberto Ghezzo missed the Subject: line and the crucial
word `Windows' or `win32' (since that message replied to was not from me,
and I can't find a single message which contains the informatin referred

The current situation is that we can now build compiled packages that
work on  W95/8 and NT4.0, at least, but Guido and I have agreed to link
against the new R.dll and not R.exe which is how the packages currently
made available are linked. One day soon we will have a unified version
and this confusion will go away, but that depends on two very busy
people merging in each other's contributions and testing.  Until then I
have made available a development version for people who want to use
some of its features, and have received some very valuable feedback. It
uses my initials as I hoped that people would know to ask *me* not
Guido Masarotto or Robert Gentleman or .... or R-help!

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
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