[R] building packages in Windows under R 1.2.1
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Jan 22 10:15:21 CET 2001
On Sun, 21 Jan 2001, John Fox wrote:
> Dear list members,
> I'm experiencing difficulty in building a package in R 1.2.1 under Windows
> 2000, using, as far as I can tell, the same approach that I used
> successfully in R 1.2.0.
> More specifically, "rcmd build" produces the following error:
> C:\rw1021\src\library>c:\rw1021\bin\rcmd build car
> Please set TMPDIR to a valid temporary directory
> It looked to me as if "rcmd build" wanted an environment variable called
> TMPDIR, so I set one, but this didn't help.
Yes, it does (and did under 1.2.0 unless c:/TEMP exists, which I think it
usually does under Windows 2000). In this version it actually tests for
the existence of the directory.
Which Perl version do you have? I am baffled: this works for me under NT
and 98 with three different Perl versions. The symptom is that whatever
Perl things $TMPDIR is does not exist. Can you print out and check via
$tmpdir = R_getenv("TMPDIR", "/TEMP");
print "tmpdir is $tmpdir\n"; # added line
die "Please set TMPDIR to a valid temporary directory\n"
unless (-d $TMPDIR);
> Curiously, "rcmd build" under R.1.2.0 (which is also on my system) still works:
> C:\rw1021\src\library>c:\rw1020\bin\rcmd build car
> * checking for file `car/DESCRIPTION' ... OK
> * preparing `car':
> * checking whether `INDEX' is up-to-date ... NO
> * creating new INDEX
> * checking whether `data/00Index' is up-to-date ... NO
> * creating new data/00Index
> * removing junk files
> * building `car_0.6-0.tar.gz'
> After this, I can use "rcmd check" and "rcmd install" from version 1.2.1 to
> finish the job:
> C:\rw1021\src\library>c:\rw1021\bin\rcmd check car
> * checking for working latex ... OK
> * using log directory C:/rw1021/src/library/car.Rcheck
> . . .
Well, one usually does check before build, and check contains identical
code for the test, so I am even more baffled.
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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