[R-pkg-devel] packages installed on winbuilder

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.tu-dortmund.de
Fri May 22 18:59:49 CEST 2015

On 22.05.2015 16:24, Martin Maechler wrote:
>>>>>> Stachelek, Joseph <jstachel at sfwmd.gov>
>>>>>>      on Fri, 22 May 2015 12:46:49 +0000 writes:
>      > I am trying to compile a package through winbuilder. The winbuilder website says that every CRAN package is installed. Does this mean that absolutely every package is installed or just packages that have binary distributions? I am getting a "package required but not available" message.
> The Winbuilder service is basically provided by Uwe Ligges volunteering
> (and infrastructure of the department of statistics of
>   Universität Dortmund, AFAIK, with a some hardware costs covered
>   by the R Foundation).

Currently all hardware costs covered by Dortmund university, actually.

> I'm pretty sure Uwe's intent is to have  every  CRAN package
> installed .. which is installable on Windows.
> Some packages do explicitly require a non-Windows OS
> (similarly as a few other packages explicitly only work on Windows)
> and hence would be excluded.
> For other packages, considerable manual work might be
> required such that the package is easily installed/installable
> on Winbuilder.  For instance, for my 'Rmpfr' package, a few
> years ago, Uwe had to make sure that the underlying MPFR C
> library was available on the winbuilder as well.
> So lets thank Uwe for all he has volunteered doing about this,
> and in your place, I'd ask him politely also for your specific
> situation.

Please see


Windows error logs are are those from winbuilder. If a package cannot be 
installed, it won't be there of course.

Hence please follow the advise to make it a suggested package "only".

Uwe Ligges

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