[Rd] R 3.0, Rtools3.0,l Windows7 64-bit, and permission agony

Hadley Wickham h.wickham at gmail.com
Sat Apr 20 16:45:31 CEST 2013

>> Just curious:  how often do you use the Windows find command?  We have put
>> instructions in place for people to run the install process with a renamed
>> Rtools find command (which I think is the only conflict). The issue is that
>> more users who want to use the command line commands are familiar with the
>> Unix variant (which came first, by the way) than the Windows one, so
>> renaming the Rtools one would cause trouble for more people.
> Its not just find - its also sort. And really R has no business
> clobbering built in Windows commands. This is just wrong and really
> causes anyone who does any significant amount of Windows batch
> programming (or uses batch programs of any complexity) endless
> problems.

Which is presumably why Rtools doesn't modify the path by default.

Better solutions (e.g. Rstudio and devtools) temporarily set the path
on when you're calling R CMD *.


Chief Scientist, RStudio

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