[R] Problem building packages on windows: /cygdrive/c/Rtools/bin/cp: target `xf-))' is not a directory

michael watson (IAH-C) michael.watson at bbsrc.ac.uk
Sat Mar 13 18:34:35 CET 2010

This may be an indication of what is wrong - I do not have an environment variable R_LIBS 

Anyone can download the package, it's open source:


I stripped it down to just the R, data and man directories and made a couple of minor code changes.
From: Uwe Ligges [ligges at statistik.tu-dortmund.de]
Sent: 13 March 2010 17:30
To: michael watson (IAH-C)
Cc: r-help at r-project.org
Subject: Re: [R] Problem building packages on windows: /cygdrive/c/Rtools/bin/cp: target `xf-))' is not a directory

On 13.03.2010 18:15, michael watson (IAH-C) wrote:
> Dear R-Help
> My OS is Windows CP, I'm not sure my sessionInfo() is relevant but here it is:
> R version 2.10.1 (2009-12-14)
> i386-pc-mingw32
> locale:
> [1] LC_COLLATE=English_United Kingdom.1252  LC_CTYPE=English_United Kingdom.1252    LC_MONETARY=English_United Kingdom.1252
> [4] LC_NUMERIC=C                            LC_TIME=English_United Kingdom.1252
> attached base packages:
> [1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base
> I installed RTools211.exe and my path is set to:
> c:\Program Files\HTML Help Workshop;c:\Program Files\R\R-2.10.1\bin;c:\Rtools\bin;c:\Rtools\perl\bin;c:\Rtools\MinGW\bin;%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel;C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTSystem\
> I have HTML Help Workshop installed.

You can remove c:\Program Files\HTML Help Workshop from your path since
it is no longer needed (nor useful) for R >= 2.10.0.

> When I execute R CMD build --binary CORNA, I get:
> * checking for file 'CORNA/DESCRIPTION' ... OK
> * preparing 'CORNA':
> * checking DESCRIPTION meta-information ... OK
> * removing junk files
> * checking for LF line-endings in source and make files
> * checking for empty or unneeded directories
> * building binary distribution
> WARNING: some HTML links may not be found

This indicates Rd file problems.

> * installing *binary* package 'CORNA' ...
> /cygdrive/c/Rtools/bin/cp: target `xf-))' is not a directory
> ERROR: installing binary package failed

This is particularly strange. Which library PATHS (e.g. in environment
variable R_LIBS) are set?

Do we have access to the package in order to look if it is the package
or your environment which causes the problem?

Uwe Ligges

> * removing 'C:/DOCUME~1/Michael/LOCALS~1/Temp/Rinst36806643/CORNA'
> * installation failed
> Any help would be appreciated
> Thanks
> Mick
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