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

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Sat Apr 20 18:30:43 CEST 2013

On Sat, Apr 20, 2013 at 11:49 AM, Duncan Murdoch
<murdoch.duncan at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 13-04-20 11:09 AM, Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
>> On Sat, Apr 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM, Hadley Wickham <h.wickham at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>>>> 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 *.
>> I am well aware of the various kludges to address this including my
>> own batchfiles ( http://batchfiles.googlecode.com ) which handles this
>> by temporarily changing the path as well; however, the real problem is
>> that Rtools does not play nice with Windows and that needs to be
>> addressed directly.
> It has been.  You ignored it.
> Duncan Murdoch

If some change to address this has been made that would be great but
there is no mention of it on the Rtools page in the change history
section (the only documented change relates to the png/tiff/jpeg
libraries), there was no announcement that I saw and Rtools\bin still
contains find and sort so what specifically is the change?

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