[R] install error uder Cygwin

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Sep 23 08:29:02 CEST 2006

On Fri, 22 Sep 2006, Duncan Murdoch wrote:

> On 9/22/2006 10:29 PM, X.H Chen wrote:
>> Dear R users,
>> I have a question about R installation under Cygwin. When running
>> ./configure, I can't pass the checking phase due to an error:
>> --with-readline=yes (default) and headers/libs are not available... Anybody
>> who can tell me why this error arises? Thanks a lot.
> We don't support builds under Cygwin.

But we don't preclude them either.  If you did succeed in building R that 
way (it has been done in the past, but not recently to my knowledge), you 
would have a Unix-alike version of R using the X11 graphics device, and 
not a Windows port of R.

>From the INSTALL file:

   The main source of information on installation is the `R Installation
   and Administration Manual', an HTML copy of which is available as file
   `doc/html/R-admin.html'.  Please read that before installing R.  But
   if you are impatient, read on but please refer to the manual to
   resolve any problems.

The answer to the original question is indeed in that manual.

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