Prof Brian D Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Sep 15 17:40:18 CEST 1999
On 15 Sep 1999, Peter Dalgaard BSA wrote:
> Jim Lindsey <jlindsey at alpha.luc.ac.be> writes:
> > In the README for libg2c.mingw32.a.bz2, what in the world does
> > "unpack" mean? winzip, tar, gzip do not recognize it.
> bzip2/bunzip2 available on ...er... recent Linuxen and ... there we go:
Yes, and in many other places, including native Windows binaries.
> > I find all of the documentation in and around readme.package for
> > MS-Windows extremely obscure, at least for some unfamiliar with this
> > OS.
Obscureness is in the eye of the beholder, but the first step is to get
familiar with the OS before passing judgement.
That file is not mentioned in the current readme.packages (sic), by the
way, which says
`We recommend that you use the mingw32 port of gcc-2.95 by Mumit Khan from
It is also possible to use earlier mingw32 compilers or cygwin-b20.1
with the --no-cygwin flag, but we suggest you do so only if you have a
working setup from building earlier versions of R. We have also
successfully used the variant of mingw32 that uses the MSVCRT run-time
system (under gcc-2.95 but not earlier versions), and in the case of the
mclust library found this more successful that the standard version.'
You might find it easier to follow the advice, as we have tried
to simplify the process.
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)
1 South Parks Road, +44 1865 272860 (secr)
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