[R] How to build the RMySQL package on Windows?

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun Oct 22 18:06:53 CEST 2000

On Sun, 22 Oct 2000, Witold Eryk Wolski wrote:

> Hello!
> I tried to build the RMySQL package by myself on an NT machine. I have a
> NT machine with cygwin compiler and activestate Perl installed on it.
> Perl details:
> D:\prog\rw1011\src\gnuwin32>perl -v
> This is perl, version 5.005_03 built for MSWin32-x86-object
> (with 1 registered patch, see perl -V for more detail)
> Copyright 1987-1999, Larry Wall
> Binary build 522 provided by ActiveState Tool Corp.
> http://www.ActiveState.com
> Built 09:52:28 Nov  2 1999
> I followod the steps described in RHOME/readme.packages. and perished
> at.
> D:\prog\rw1011\src\gnuwin32>make pkg-RMySQL
>           -C D:/prog/rw1011/src/library/RMySQL PKG=RMySQL
> RHOME=D:/prog/rw1011 RLIB=D:/prog/rw1011/library \
>           -f D:/prog/rw1011/src/gnuwin32/MakePkg
> ""---------- Making package RMySQL ------------""
> mkdir -p D:/prog/rw1011/library/RMySQL
> The syntax of the command is incorrect.
> make[1]: *** [D:/prog/rw1011/library/RMySQL/zzzz] Error 1
> make: *** [pkg-RMySQL] Error 2
> Some hints? Some tips? A precompiled package?

I am pretty sure you don't have the tools described in
RHOME/readme.packages in your PATH correctly.  You can probably use the
cygwin ones, but only if somehow you managed to collect a set on one of the
days when they all work. You appear to be getting the NT mkdir. Try mkdir
--help to find out.

I believe that to build RMySQL (which is from Devel) you will have to do
quite a bit of work, for it is configure-based and does not seem (as
`Writing R Extensions' requests) to describe how to configure it manually.  
Also its README says

    For installation see "README.install"

and there is no such file.  At the very least you will need a 
src/Makevars with PKG_CPPFLAGS and PKG_LIBS set correctly.

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