[R] Rwinst.exe 1.2.0 problems

Marc Feldesman feldesmanm at pdx.edu
Mon Dec 18 22:43:37 CET 2000

I just downloaded the binaries for the released 1.2.0 for Windows (from 
Guido Masarotti's site).   In using the rwinst.exe installer, I noted two 
significant problems.  First, the installer seems extraordinarily slow 
compared to the the 1.1.1 installer.  It took almost 20 minutes to perform 
a full base extraction from binaries to installation (all base pages, html 
help, windows help, pdf manuals but not source or latex files) on both a 
Windows NT system (384 MB RAM, 700 MHz processor) and a Windows 2000 system 
(192 MB RAM, 733 MHz processor).  The second problem is that the rwinst.exe 
installer reports an application error ("unable to read memory at 
0x2e3a553b"  - on the Win 2K system and the same error, but different 
location on the Win NT system) whenever I click on the button referring to 
installing an "add-on" package.  I've rebooted both systems and have 
re-downloaded the installer several times to no avail.

FWIW, the last r-development version  (not 1.3.0, but 1.2.0) posted on 
Brian Ripley's site seemed to have the same problem on my systems.

I don't know if this is some peculiar interaction with my systems -- 
nothing unusual about them -- but thought I ought to bring it to the 
attention of the developers as soon as possible.

Dr. Marc R. Feldesman
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Anthropology Department
Portland State University
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