[R] 64 bit compiled version of R on windows

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Mon Mar 30 20:43:28 CEST 2009

On 3/30/2009 12:46 PM, Vadlamani, Satish {FLNA} wrote:
> Hi:
> 1) Does anyone have experience with 64 bit compiled version of R on windows? Is this available or one has to compile it oneself?
> 2) If we do compile the source in 64 bit, would we then need to compile any additional modules also in 64 bit?

R for Windows is compiled using the MinGW port of gcc, and the 64 bit 
version of that compiler is not really ready for general use yet, so 
compiling for 64 bits is not completely straightforward.  Revolution 
Computing has announced on the R-devel list that they are beta testing a 
build, with some information at


The page says it is scheduled for release at the end of March, so there 
should be something available soon.

Duncan Murdoch

> I am just trying to prepare for the time when I will get larger datasets to analyze. Each of the datasets is about 1 GB in size and I will try to bring in about 16 of them in memory at the same time. At least that is the plan.
> I asked a related question in the past and someone recommended the product RevolutionR - I am looking into this also. If you can think of any other options, please mention. I have not been doing low level programming for a while now and therefore, the self compilation on windows would be the least preferable (and then I have to worry about how to compile any modules that I need). Thanks.
> Thanks.
> Satish
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