[R] Where is the base package?

Karl M. Syring syring at pollux.edv.agrar.tu-muenchen.de
Thu Feb 18 11:26:15 CET 1999

The problem with NTFS in standard mode is that it keeps case but does not
honor it. This is fine if a program just hands file names over to the C
runtime but this means trouble if the program does its own file name
comparisons. The additional problems caused by the Win95 style explorer that
assigns upper or lower cases to the file name letters only cause further
Meddling with the file names had no effect on the error message.
I did not look at the R source code until know, but it seems to be time for
a rebuild from the sources to do some bug hunting.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Prof Brian Ripley [mailto:ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk]
> Sent: Mittwoch, 17. Februar 1999 20:50
> To: Karl M. Syring
> Cc: Peter Dalgaard BSA; r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: RE: [R] Where is the base package?
> On Wed, 17 Feb 1999, Karl M. Syring wrote:
> > Peter,
> > thanks for your nearly immediate reply. I think, everything is
> in the right
> > place.
> > I thought, I missed something very simple that is not obvious
> to a new user.
> > For example, there is a directory library\base\r, may be it should read
> > library\base\R? This case sensitivity problem is not uncommon with NT.
> It should read library\base\R but this does not matter on any NT system I
> have ever used. If you have case sensitivity turned on for your file
> system (most unusual, causes lots of problems) do try altering r to R in
> rw0632/library/*.  It happens to be r in the zip file because of the way
> Guido packed it, on an insensitive system.
> (We use Unix file systems mounted by samba, on which all file names get
> mapped to lowercase: Windows explorer seems to change case as it see fit.)
> --
> Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
> Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
> University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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