[R-SIG-Mac] Building packages 4 Windows with macbook pro

Jean Thioulouse jtnews1 at biomserv.univ-lyon1.fr
Fri May 11 15:57:36 CEST 2007

At 15:42 -0400 9/05/07, Sebastien Durand wrote:
>Hello to all,
>I am a package developper and I would like to 
>know what is the best way to build package 
>binaries for both Windows and Mac installation of 
>R, using a macbook pro?
>The command I am presently using to create and build my packages binaries is :
>"R CMD BUILD ~/foo"  -> This produce foo.tar.gz 
>which cannot be used in a windows installation of R.

I use the "R CMD build --binary" command under Windows in Parallels
Desktop for Mac. It works quite well on my macbook with 2Gb RAM. See http://www.parallels.com/

You might want to check VirtualBox too : http://www.virtualbox.org/
which is now free (GNU licence).

Of course, you must have the complete R development tools setup under
the guest Windows OS, which is even trickier than on MacOS (as opposed
to Linux).

I also have a Linux Debian installed in Parallels Desktop and R CMD
build --binary works well too.

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