[R] Build error on Windows

Pankaj Savdekar savdekar at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 29 23:41:25 CEST 2006

Thanks for the quick reply.

>On 9/29/2006 8:53 AM, Pankaj Savdekar wrote:
>>I'm trying to build R-2.3.1 on windows, but make gives me following error 
>>while building pkg-base:
>>---------- Making package base ------------
>>   adding build stamp to DESCRIPTION
>>make[4]: *** [frontmatter] Error 1
>>make[3]: *** [all] Error 2
>>make[2]: *** [pkg-base] Error 2
>>make[1]: *** [rpackage] Error 2
>>make: *** [all] Error 2
>>Please note that R.exe, Rterm.exe, Rgui.exe, RCmd.exe are build without 
>>any errors.
>>I have three questions, can anyone please help me to resolve it?
>>1. How to solve (or get more details) of the above mentioned error?
>You need to look through the make files, to see what was happening. Reading 
>the messages in reverse order:  "make all" called "make rpackage" and so on 
>to "make frontmatter".  The errors don't tell you which makefiles these are 
>in, but the "frontmatter" target only occurs in src/gnuwin32/MakePkg.  You 
>could try deleting the "@" signs from the lines for that target to see 
>exactly what was happening when the error was generated.

Yes I could figure out the source of 'frontmatter', but my problem is, there 
is no error message. I tried 'make -d' too. I tried removing '@', but no 

>I'd guess that this is happening because your build is messed up:  the base 
>package is used in later build steps.  If you start from a clean checkout 
>and just call "make", you probably won't see this.

Is there any way to check what could have been wrong in building base 

>>2. When I run Rterm.exe it takes 25-30% CPU time, but doesn't provide me 
>>the command prompt, is there anyway to log/trace, to know the issues in 
>>3. Despite error mentioned above (Frontmatter) I tried building other 
>>packages and was able to build few. But still RGui.exe shows warning 
>>saying there is no package called 'datasets', 'utils' etc. Can someone 
>>please point me how to resolve this issue?
>Probably the same cause.  base is messed up, and that's going to cause all 
>sorts of trouble.
>Duncan Murdoch
>>Thanks in advance.
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