[R] Is this a minor bug in RGUI.EXE?

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Jun 12 13:51:11 CEST 2001

On Tue, 12 Jun 2001, Mark Myatt wrote:

> Prof Brian D Ripley <ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk> writes:
> >We have had two or three reports of such things, on isolated machines
> >and different characters (UK pound sign, which this mailer will not accept,
> >was one).  That's Windows for you.
> Your writing "That's Windows for you" gave me pause for thought. I
> checked a bit further and found that it is MSVCRT.DLL that is raising an
> exception and not RGUI.EXE. Replacing this library with a previous
> version gets rid of the problem. Of course, it might alter the function
> of something else but that's Windows for you!
> This would explain the isolated reports. Perhaps the solution is to
> static compile RGUI.EXE ... perhaps it already is in the less obsolete
> versions.

You can't.  MSVCRT.DLL supposedly depends on the OS (95/98/NT/2000), and
furthermore is not re-distributable.  (It is if you use VC++, but we do
not.)  Yes, a lot of problems are traceable to rogue MSVCRT.DLLs or other
system dlls.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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