[R] Problems with compilation of R packages.

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Sep 14 12:08:38 CEST 1999

On Tue, 14 Sep 1999, [iso-8859-1] Marie-Hélène Delsemme wrote:

> Hello
> I want to compile some R-packages under windows (rmutil and revent for
> instance from Pr Lindsey)
> I followed the instrictions given in the help. The compilation succeeded,
> but I can't run the programs.
> I receive the message: "error in dyn.oad(file): unable to load shared
> library "C:\R\Rwo650/library/rmutil"
> LoadLibrary failure.
> I found the given path quite strange!! (what about these "/" and "\"?)

That is no problem: they are all mapped as needed (to / or \, depending on
context: Windows can be pretty inconsistent).

The problem is that the path should be much longer:

Given your address, I think you need to consult the author for advice on
why this is going wrong in those packages.  You can see how all this
works by reading the R source code (that is how I found out).

Warning: I don't know what `Rwo650' is, but there is not yet an official
version of R-0.65.0 for Windows, and there are a few problems in compiling
it up from the source code. This will remain the position until the
principal porter (Guido Masarotto) is back in action, and I have no idea
when that might be.

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