[R] writing a simple package in R 2.0 under Windows XP

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at myway.com
Sun Nov 7 15:52:04 CET 2004

H Patrick Giraudoux <patrick.giraudoux <at> univ-fcomte.fr> writes:

: Dear listers,
: I have developped a set of functions that I would like to package on a 
: Windows XP plateform for some friends (this would be more simple than to 
: deliver them as a source text file without handy help). I am working under 
: Windows XP.
: Of course I have gone through the manual "Writing R extension" and try to 
: sort out what a most simple "packaging" for beginner (without compiled 
: code, etc...)  could be. I also read 
: http://www.rap.ucar.edu/staff/ericg/RWinBuild.html It is very easy to build 
: R packages in Windows (for Windows)...
: Perl has been installed and works fine C:\Perl (source 
: http://www.activestate.com/Products/ActivePerl/Download.html).
: R Tools have been installed: C:\Perl\Rtools (source: 
: http://www.murdoch-sutherland.com/Rtools/tools.zip)
: R tools functions delivered work fine (ex: ls, etc...)
: R has been installed "at the root" of C:\ to avoid any blank in directory 
: names: C:\R\rw2000
: The PATH has been defined as environment variable in Windows XP as: 
: C:\Perl\Rtools;C:\Perl\bin;...;C:\R\rw2000\bin
: A trial package named "AnExample" has been prepared as indicated in the 
: example of package.skeleton() of the library "utils" and put in C:\
: from there I have typewritten:
: C:\>RCMD build AnExample
: With this result:
: Can't open perl script "C:\R\rw2000/bin/build": No such file or directory
: I could catch that indeed 'build.exe' does not exist in this directory 
: (which is true...) and tried to find it somewhere on my c: disk. 
: Unfortunately, this 'build' or 'build.exe' file does not exist nor a 
: 'check' file, nor any complementary command of Rcmd
: After some research hours (actually since yesterday...), I cannot find 
: where I have got wrong yet... and considering the result, I am sure I got 
: somewhere!
: Can somebody help me on this?

There have been relevant discussions on r-devel just this weekend.
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