[R] problem building R packages in windows xp

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun Jul 24 20:38:35 CEST 2005

On Sun, 24 Jul 2005, Uwe Ligges wrote:

> Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
>> On 24 July 2005 at 13:44, Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
>> | hhc.exe is the Microsoft help compiler.  You have to download that
>> | and then put hhc.exe somewhere in your path.  The Windows
>> | console command
>> |
>> | path
>> |
>> | will give you the pathnames in your current path, any of which
>> | you could put it in.
>> A cheap alternative is to create an empty batch file hhc.bat. I used that for
>> a while when I couldn't be bothered to download hhc.exe. However, if you
>> actually use compiled html (I don't, from ESS/XEmacs), you may want to get
>> hhc.exe.
>> If there ever was a vote, mine would be for making hhc.exe optional rather
>> than required.

It is already optional, and documented as such as Uwe points out:

> You can simply avoid building chm files by saying:
>    R CMD INSTALL --docs="normal" MyPackage

The reason it is on by default is that is the best option for building 
packages for distribution.

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