[R] unable to get "R CMD" to work as expected on a 64 bit windows machine

Martyn Byng Martyn.Byng at nag.co.uk
Mon Nov 14 17:48:27 CET 2011


I've just downloaded and installed R 2.14.0 using the windows binary on
a 64bit windows machine running windows 7.

Rterm / RGui work as expected, as does

R CMD --help


R CMD BATCH --help


R CMD check --help

returns no information and I seem to be unable to check a package.

Various other options also seem to not be working as expected, i.e. 


(where aa is just a garbage name) appears to do nothing (whereas the
same command on a 32bit windows machine returns with a message that
package aa does not exist.) 

Just invoking R on the command line appears to do nothing on 64 bit
windows as opposed to starting a command line version of R (ala Rterm)
on 32 bit windows.

Any pointers as to what I've done wrong during the installation would be



> sessionInfo()
R version 2.14.0 (2011-10-31)
Platform: x86_64-pc-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)

[1] LC_COLLATE=English_United Kingdom.1252
[2] LC_CTYPE=English_United Kingdom.1252
[3] LC_MONETARY=English_United Kingdom.1252
[5] LC_TIME=English_United Kingdom.1252

attached base packages:
[1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base

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