R-beta: R-beta Win95 glm

Guido Masarotto guido at sirio.stat.unipd.it
Tue Jul 14 11:58:06 CEST 1998

On Mon, Jul 13, 1998 at 11:14:52PM +0200, Peter Dalgaard BSA wrote:
> "Peter B. Mandeville" <mandevip at deimos.tc.uaslp.mx> writes:
> > When will a new version of R for Windows 95 be available with the fixes for
> > glm?
> That is not certain. There are essentially two people capable of
> getting the act together on Win95 builds, namely Robert Gentleman and
> Guido Masarotto who have each their version on CRAN. Getting the
> version updated requires that one of them finds the necessary free
> time.
  In the last 2 months, I had no time to try to update my binary
  distribution. However, I plan to make an attempt before the end
  of July. In the meantime, please, signal the problems that you have
  encountered with rw0613. I cannot promise to be able to fix them but I will
  try. At the moment, I know the following:
  a) dyn.load doesn't work with some version of Win95 (according to
  Brian Ripley, I have to thanks him for the extensive testing, Win95
  with service pack 1 installed (95a); it works under older and newer
  version; and dyn.load works under Win3.1/Win32s and WinNT). 
  This problem seems resolvable using binutils 2.9.1.
  b) sometimes the automatic loading at startup of a previously saved
  workspaspace fails. However, the workspace can be loaded by the 
  file menu. This is a bug that I have already fixed in the sources.
  c) the console is slow and lack an history recall mechanism;
  This is an indirect question for Peter D.: is the R-Tk project going on?
> I'm currently summer-vacationing in my home. If the weather keeps
> acting up, I might get myself up to speed on crosscompiling R for
> Win32 with gcc on a Unix host. This has been a long-standing wish of
> mine because it could potentially bring the versions in much better
> sync.
  BTW, I made a similar (small) attempt. 
  On a Linux box, I installed gcc as a cross-compiler for mingw32
  (gcc-2.8.1, g77-0.5.23, binutils-2.9.1, the 1July snapshot
  of mingw32 and of WinApi (from the Colins Peters's site)).
  Then I tried to recompile R.0.61.3 (my actual windows version).
  And all seems to work. So, this seems a viable alternative.
  Hence, I plan to modify my Makefile's so that cross-compiling
  would be easy.
  guido masarotto
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