[Rd] package file permissions problem R 3.0.0/Windows OS

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Apr 15 07:56:26 CEST 2013

POSIX-style execute permission isn't a Windows concept, so it was 
fortuitous this ever worked.  One possibility is that Cygwin was 
involved, and a Cygwin emulation got set when tar unpacked the file and 
converted back to the tar representation when Cygwin tar produced the 
tarball. (The tar in Rtools is a fixed version of Cygwin tar, fixed to 
use Windows file paths.)

What are those screen shots of?

R 2.5.2 was a very long time ago.  A recent change is

     • R CMD build by default uses the internal method of tar() to
       prepare the tarball.  This is more likely to produce a tarball
       compatible with R CMD INSTALL and R CMD check: an external tar
       program, including options, can be specified _via_ the
       environment variable R_BUILD_TAR.

Can you try using an external tar?  (Using the internal tar on Windows 
was first trialled in 2.15.3.)

On 14/04/2013 22:17, John Fox wrote:
> Dear list members,
> I'm experiencing a file permissions problem with a package built under
> Windows with R 3.0.0. I've encountered the problem on two Windows computers,
> one running Windows 7 and the other Windows 8, and both when I build the
> package under RStudio or directly in a Windows console via "R CMD build".
> In particular, the cleanup file for the package, which as I understand it
> should have permissions set at rwx-r-r, instead has permissions rw-rw-rw.
> I've attached two .png screen shots showing how the permissions are set when
> the package is built under R 2.5.2 and R 3.0.0.
> I think that my two Windows systems are reasonably vanilla. Here are the
> system and session info from R 3.0.0 run from a Windows console:
>> Sys.info()
>                       sysname                      release
>                     "Windows"                      "7 x64"
>                       version                     nodename
> "build 7601, Service Pack 1"              "JOHN-DELL-XPS"
>                       machine                        login
>                         "x86"                       "User"
>                          user               effective_user
>                        "User"                       "User"
>> sessionInfo()
> R version 3.0.0 (2013-04-03)
> Platform: i386-w64-mingw32/i386 (32-bit)
> locale:
> [1] LC_COLLATE=English_United States.1252
> [2] LC_CTYPE=English_United States.1252
> [3] LC_MONETARY=English_United States.1252
> [5] LC_TIME=English_United States.1252
> attached base packages:
> [1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base
> I have the latest Rtools30 installed and on my path:
>> Sys.which("tar.exe")
>                     tar.exe
> "c:\\Rtools\\bin\\tar.exe"
> Is this a general problem or is it possible that there's something about my
> Windows configurations that's causing it?
> Any information would be appreciated.
> John
> -----------------------------------------------
> John Fox
> Senator McMaster Professor of Social Statistics
> Department of Sociology
> McMaster University
> Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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