[R] trouble installing R from source on Windows 8

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.tu-dortmund.de
Sun Nov 30 07:45:58 CET 2014

On 30.11.2014 06:29, Jeff Newmiller wrote:
> Stop using administrator. If and only if Windows prompts you for permission to install, give it your password. Stay as far away from administrator as you can.

Which is not the reason here: gzip is not on  the PATH, i.e. Erin forgot 
to put the Rtools/bin directory on her PATH...

Uwe Ligges

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> On November 29, 2014 8:51:23 PM PST, Erin Hodgess <erinm.hodgess at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello everyone!
>> I'm trying to install R-3.1.2 from source on a Windows 8 laptop.
>> I installed Rtools 3.1 as administrator and is was fine so far.
>> Then I downloaded the R-3.1.2.tar.gz file and attempted to use the tar
>> command,
>> also from the shell as administrator.
>> I keep getting the following:
>> tar -xf R-3.1.2.tar.gz
>> tar(child): gzip: Cannot exec: no such file or directory
>> tar(child): Error is not recoverable: exiting now
>> tar: Child returned status 2
>> tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors
>> I have downloaded from several different mirrors, (both Rtools and
>> R-3.1.2.tar.gz), and have turned off the firewall (McAfee).
>> Has anyone else run into this, please?
>> Thanks so much,
>> Sincerely,
>> Erin
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