[R] Rwinst.exe problems

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Dec 19 14:17:21 CET 2000

On Tue, 19 Dec 2000, Simon Wood wrote:

> I get the same problem using rwinst.exe 1.2.0 with NT 4 (if I click on "an
> add on package" it falls over with an access violation). 
> > rwinst.exe uses most of the standard system dlls, plus msvcrt.dll.
> > pedump will show you exactly. But I suspect the problem is more
> > prosaic, in that you have an exceptionally long (or in some other way 
> > unusual) PATH.
> - This seems to be right. If I reduce my path to a single line then
> everything works just fine. If I use the version 1.1.0 rwinst.exe then
> everything seems to work also. 
> - The original path isn't hugely long, though: 
> PATH=C:\WINNT\system32;C:\WINNT;C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual
> Studio\Common\Tools\WinNT;C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual
> Studio\Common\MSDev98\Bin;C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio\
> Common\Tools;C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio\VC98\bin;c:\program
> files\devstudio\sharedide\bin\ide;c:\program files\de
> vstudio\sharedide\bin;c:\program files\devstudio\vc\bin;c:\texmf\miktex\bin;
> c:\EGCS-1.1.2\bin;c:\dosprog;d:\java\bin;C:\BC5\BIN;
> ... is what "caused" a failure. Is that long enough that it should have
> overwritten it's allocated space?

Yes. I think the allocation is MAX_PATH = 264 chars.  Obviously PATH can
be longer than MAX_PATH!

> PATH=c:\WINNT\system32;C:\WINNT
> ... is what worked. 
> Hope this is some use.

Thanks for the report. If it works for Marc, we can update the rwinst.exe.
Setting R_HOME is still the preferred solution.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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