[R] Rtools and things dependent on it

Sorkin, John j@ork|n @end|ng |rom @om@um@ry|@nd@edu
Sat Feb 24 00:39:28 CET 2024

Avi ,
Your question is not dumb. Let me ask a more fundamental question. What is R tools, what does it do, and how is it used. From time to time, I receive a message when I down load a package saying I need R tools. When I receive the message, I don’t know what I should do, other than down load R tools.
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On Feb 23, 2024, at 5:34 PM, avi.e.gross using gmail.com wrote:

This may be a dumb question and the answer may make me feel dumber.

I have had trouble for years with R packages wanting Rtools on my machine
and not being able to use it. Many packages are fine as binaries are
available. I have loaded Rtools and probably need to change my PATH or

But I recently suggested to someone that they might want to use the tabyl()
function in the janitor package that I find helpful. I get a warning when I
install it about Rtools but it works fine. When they install it, it fails. I
assumed they would get it from CRAN the same way I did as we are both using
Windows and from within RSTUDIO.

In the past, I have run into other packages I could not use and just moved
on but it seems like time to see if this global problem has a work-around.

And, in particular, I have the latest versions of both R and RSTUDIO which
can be a problem when other things are not as up-to-date.

Or, maybe some people with R packages could be convinced to make binaries
available in the first place?


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