[R] Rwinst.exe problems

Marc Feldesman feldesmanm at pdx.edu
Tue Dec 19 00:19:48 CET 2000

I've heard from several users who report no difficulties using the 
Rwinst.exe installer for the released version of 1.2.0.  I've blown away 
all traces of 1.2.0 on my system and have re-downloaded all 10 zip files 
and the installer on both my NT and Win2K boxes.  The memory-overwrite 
error persists on both systems, suggesting that there is some 
incompatibility between the 1.2.0 installer (and, BTW, the 1.2.1 and 1.3.0 
installers as well, but *not* the 1.1.1 version).  The error specifically 
occurs on all versions whenever I click on the radio button labelled "an 
add-on package", but not on the button to install the base software.

I'm trying to isolate software commonalities between the two machines that 
might explain this problem.  I've cc'd Brian Ripley on these messages in 
hopes that I might ascertain whether the rwinst.exe installer makes use of 
any system dependent .dlls that might have been overwritten during recent 
upgrades to the latest MSIE security patches, Microsoft Office Service 
Releases, or Norton Antivirus engine and virus signatures.  These are the 
most plausible culprits.


Dr. Marc R. Feldesman
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Anthropology Department
Portland State University
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