[R] a UNIX vs. Windows package question, please

Erin Hodgess erinm.hodgess at gmail.com
Sat Jan 10 03:19:46 CET 2015

Whoops...didn't see that.  Thanks.  I should RTFM.

On Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 7:06 PM, Rolf Turner <r.turner at auckland.ac.nz> wrote:

> On 10/01/15 12:45, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
>> On 09/01/2015 5:32 PM, Erin Hodgess wrote:
>>> Hello again.
>>> Here is another question that I am puzzled about:  I had the (incorrect)
>>> impression that if I had Rtools on a Windows machine that I could use any
>>> tar.gz package.  However, that is not true.
>>> In particular, I was looking at the rPython package.  I do indeed have
>>> Python on this machine. But when I did R CMD INSTALL rPython, I got an
>>> error message that said, "this is a Unix package".  Interesting.
>>> Should I just stay with my Ubuntu laptop and behave?
>> No, but you should not use packages that misbehave.  The ideal R package
>> will run on all platforms where R runs.  Some require effort from the
>> user to provide prerequisites, but no good R package runs only on one
>> platform.
> I just had a look at CRAN and there is an INSTALL file associated with
> rPython.  This file says (at the bottom):
>> ===============
>> On a Windows system, the package can be installed from
>> https://github.com/cjgb/rPython-win.
>> It is the same source code and comes with specific platform instructions.
> Maybe you can get some mileage out of that.  Good luck.
> cheers,
> Rolf
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> Rolf Turner
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> Department of Statistics
> University of Auckland
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Erin Hodgess
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematical and Statistics
University of Houston - Downtown
mailto: erinm.hodgess at gmail.com

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