[Rd] Building R for Windows

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Thu Feb 7 02:19:05 CET 2008

On 06/02/2008 6:46 PM, Earl F. Glynn wrote:
> I have some C code (using an old Borland compiler)  that calls a DLL that 
> I'd like to get working from Windows and R (so I can read ABF files -- Axon 
> Binary Files -- directly in R).
> I thought a good first approach would be able to build  R in Windows, so 
> that's what I'm trying to do.  [I've done test builds of R under Linux 
> before, and that seemed fairly simple.]
> I've tried to follow the instructions "Building R for Windows" from here:
> http://www.murdoch-sutherland.com/Rtools/
> I installed Rtools27.exe and the other tools suggested here:
> http://www.murdoch-sutherland.com/Rtools/Rtools.txt
> I followed the instructions in first Rtools link "Obtaining the R source 
> code" and have a directory with the latest C:\R\R-2-6-1.
> Should the "Building R for Windows" document say something about what should 
> be done next?
> Section 2.1 Simple compilation
> http://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/R-admin.html#The-Windows-toolset
> says:
> ./configure
> make
> These two statements work find on Linux, but I must be missing something 
> under Windows XP Pro?  Any suggestions?

Those are Unix instructions.  You want to follow the Windows 
instructions, in section 3.1.2 of that document:

> Open a command window at R_HOME/src/gnuwin32. Edit MkRules to set the appropriate paths as needed and to set the type(s) of help that you want built. Beware: MkRules contains tabs and some editors (e.g., WinEdt) silently remove them. Then run
>      make all recommended
> and sit back and wait while the basic compile takes place. 

Duncan Murdoch

> Also, what changes must be made to build R on a 64-bit Windows box?  Do R 
> Tools work for a 64-bit environment?
> Thanks for any help on this.
> Earl F. Glynn
> Bioinformatics
> Stowers Institute for Medical Research
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