[Rd] trouble building r-devel

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de
Tue Mar 22 12:49:25 CET 2005

Duncan Murdoch wrote:

> On Tue, 22 Mar 2005 08:32:33 +0100, Uwe Ligges
> <ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de> wrote :
>>Mark.Bravington at csiro.au wrote:
>>>Thanks Seth (and Duncan)-- the murdoch-sutherland page seems to fix
>>>everything. The slimmed-down INSTALL file in R-devel src gnuwin32
>>>doesn't refer to the page-- it might be good to add a reference.
>>I disagree.
>>This "slimmed-down" file points you to the thorough Chapter "Installing 
>>R under Windows" in the "`R Installation and Administration' manual in 
>>the doc/manual directory". Quite at the top of Section "Building from 
>>source" there is the Subsection "Getting the tools".
>>I think we do NOT want to point people to Duncan's page at first, or 
>>they would not read the more comprehensive manual any more.
> This is a problem that is hopefully temporary.  Once 2.1.0 is out, it
> will be reasonable to expect most Windows users to have installed the
> binary version and have the manual available, the manual will be
> available online, etc.  However, right now a source download only gets
> the Texinfo source for the manual.

The R-devel manual is online availabe at
so even this is not a big problem.


> But as you say, the manual is the authority on how to do installs.
> The web page will only have better information if the manual is out of
> date, and that shouldn't happen before the release.
> Duncan Murdoch

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