[R-sig-Geo] Trying to install rgdal from source on Windows 7 (and failing)

Michael Sumner mdsumner at gmail.com
Fri Sep 19 11:23:11 CEST 2014

Do we have the process used by CRAN to cross compile for Windows? I have
the original notes but they are not complete especially for non gurus. It
seems that prospects for support are more likely with this approach. I find
the Windows config path very hard to understand.

Still, I am keen to get this on Windows too if anyone else wants to start

rgdal2 works with GDAL 2.0 but requires the linux gdal-config to be
present. rgdal won't work with GDAL 2.0 but again I can spend time in the
hole if others are able to help or encourage.

I am not sure many users realize the enormity of this impending crisis

Cheers, Mike
On 19 Sep 2014 18:17, "Roger Bivand" <Roger.Bivand at nhh.no> wrote:

> On Fri, 19 Sep 2014, Dutrieux, Loic wrote:
>  You may try some steps documented in the README.windows file, included in
>> the package sources. https://r-forge.r-project.org/
>> scm/viewvc.php/pkg/inst/README.windows?view=markup&root=rgdal
> Thank you for pointing to this file.
>  But note that the file has not been updated in a little while. I can't
>> tell whether this is still likely to work or not...
> This is correct.
> My feeling is that installing rgdal from source on Windows is going to
> take (much) more time learning about compilers and their peculiarities than
> using command line utilities distributed in the PostGIS bundle for Windows:
> http://postgis.net/windows_downloads
> There shp2pgsql and pgsql2shp are mentioned, but as GDAL is also
> installed, ogr2ogr would let you use other intermediate file formats than
> ESRI Shapefiles, provided that the drivers are in the rgdal Windows binary
> package. Writing a small R function to run and check system() or system2()
> to run the command line utilities from inside R will be much easier than
> installing rgdal from source unless you know a lot about the compliers used
> with PostGIS and R. It also removes concerns that some components may be
> 32-bit or 64-bit.
> Hope this helps,
> Roger
>  Cheers,
>> Loïc
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>> Subject: [R-sig-Geo] Trying to install rgdal from source on Windows 7
>> (and      failing)
>> I have been using the (wonderfully useful) rgdal package for some time
>> now, but I now have a need to incorporate rgdal with PostGIS/PostgreSQL,
>> so, I find that I need more drivers than were included with the CRAN
>> release version of rdgal that I was using.  I have GDAL already
>> installed.   However, I am unable to build rgdal from source.  I have
>> the rgdal_0.8-16.tar file, and when I try to run install.packages from
>> this tar file, I get"
>>        install.packages("C:\\JORNADA\\rgdal_0.8-16.tar", repos = NULL,
>> type="source")
>>        Installing package into ‘C:/Users/cynthart/Documents/
>> R/win-library/3.0’
>>        (as ‘lib’ is unspecified)
>>        * installing *source* package 'rgdal' ...
>>        ** package 'rgdal' successfully unpacked and MD5 sums checked
>> *       cp: cannot stat `/share/proj': No such file or directory
>>        cp: cannot stat `/share/gdal': No such file or directory*
>>        ERROR: configuration failed for package 'rgdal'
>>        * removing 'C:/Users/cynthart/Documents/R/win-library/3.0/rgdal'
>>        Warning in install.packages :
>>        running command '"C:/PROGRA~1/R/R-30~1.1/bin/x64/R" CMD INSTALL
>> -l "C:\Users\cynthart\Doc               uments\R\win-library\3.0"
>> "C:/JORNADA/rgdal_0.8-16.tar"' had status 1
>>        Warning in install.packages :
>>        installation of package ‘C:/JORNADA/rgdal_0.8-16.tar’ had non-zero
>> exit status
>> I basically understand the error, but I do not know how to go about
>> 'fixing' it.  Can anyone please point me in the right direction?  Thank you!
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