[R] running Rcmd INSTALL, again

Guido Masarotto guido at sirio.stat.unipd.it
Fri Jan 5 12:08:13 CET 2001

On Fri, Jan 05, 2001 at 11:25:51AM +0100, RINNER Heinrich wrote:
> Indeed, there is no file named "dlltool" anywhere around here!
> So, at last I am beginning to suspect that my collection of tools is
> incomplete.
> What I have got is "rw1020sp.zip" and
> "http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/bdr/RWin/tools.zip". These are properly
> istalled, I think.
> readme.packages says "If your package has no C nor Fortran nor C++ sources,
> see `Simple ports' 
> near the bottom of this file." I don't have any of these sources; going to
> the bottom, readme.packages says:
> "You will need 
> suitable versions of Unix tools including make, sh, rm, sed, awk,
> mkdir, echo, cp and cat; we have packaged a set at
> http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/Rtools/tools.zip.
> perl5, available via http://www.activestate.com/Products/ActivePerl/"
> I might have misunderstood something here.
> Q: Do I have to compile R myself in order to be able to use Rcmd?


> Q: Do I have to get "bin-msvcrt-2000-03-27.zip",
> "binutils-19990818-1-msvcrt.zip", and "gcc-2.95.2-1-msvcrt.zip" from
> "http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/bdr/RWin/tools.zip", even if my package has
> no C nor Fortran nor C++ sources?

  No: you don't need the C and Fortran compiler but  
  Yes: if I understand, you have been found a problem in the
  src/gnuwin32/Makefile distributed in rwxxxxsp.zip. This Makefile
  try to build the export library for R.dll also for packages
  which don't need them.
  You can try the following routes:
  1) edit src/gnuwin32/Makefile, find the line 
     pkg-%: libR.a #...
     and change it to
     pkg-%: #libR.a ...
     i.e., move the # before libR.a
     This should works but I can test it now (I haven't a Windows
     system at hand). Keep in mind that the modified Makefile
     will be useless for installing packages with C or Fortran sources.


  2) install binutils-19.... dlltool lives there.


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