[Rd] trouble with R CMD SHLIB on winXP

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Feb 28 07:26:48 CET 2006

We don't know from this what the `specified program' is, but it probably 
means that a DLL cannot be found on your path.

It is probable that your PATH is set up incorrectly, so please check with 
the R-admin manual extremely carefully.  In particular, that you really do 
have a complete unpacked tools.zip at the head of your path and that you 
do not also have Cygwin on your path.

On Mon, 27 Feb 2006, j. signorovitch wrote:

> Hi,
> Has anyone come across this difficulty using R-2.2.1 in Windows XP:
> when I try to run
> R CMD SHLIB mycode.c
> I get the response:
> "The system cannot execute the specified program."
> I've tried installing all windows updates, reinstalling R and putting
> "R-2.2.1\bin" at the head of my path.
> Googling that error message leads to lots of stuff about *.manifest
> files.  The Rgui.exe.manifest etc. files are in my /bin directory.

Really?  *.manifest files need to be in the same directory as the 
executables they refer to, that's all.  I think you have found hits
related to Visual .NET, which is not in use.

> Funny thing is I have been using SHLIB for ~2 years on this system, up
> to several month ago, without difficulty.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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