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Building R for Windows

Earl F. Glynn
I have some C code (using an old Borland compiler)  that calls a DLL that
I'd like to get working from Windows and R (so I can read ABF files -- Axon
Binary Files -- directly in R).

I thought a good first approach would be able to build  R in Windows, so
that's what I'm trying to do.  [I've done test builds of R under Linux
before, and that seemed fairly simple.]

I've tried to follow the instructions "Building R for Windows" from here:
http://www.murdoch-sutherland.com/Rtools/

I installed Rtools27.exe and the other tools suggested here:
http://www.murdoch-sutherland.com/Rtools/Rtools.txt

I followed the instructions in first Rtools link "Obtaining the R source
code" and have a directory with the latest C:\R\R-2-6-1.

Should the "Building R for Windows" document say something about what should
be done next?

Section 2.1 Simple compilation
http://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/R-admin.html#The-Windows-toolset
says:

./configure
make

These two statements work find on Linux, but I must be missing something
under Windows XP Pro?  Any suggestions?

Also, what changes must be made to build R on a 64-bit Windows box?  Do R
Tools work for a 64-bit environment?

Thanks for any help on this.

Earl F. Glynn
Bioinformatics
Stowers Institute for Medical Research

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Re: Building R for Windows

Duncan Murdoch
On 06/02/2008 6:46 PM, Earl F. Glynn wrote:

> I have some C code (using an old Borland compiler)  that calls a DLL that
> I'd like to get working from Windows and R (so I can read ABF files -- Axon
> Binary Files -- directly in R).
>
> I thought a good first approach would be able to build  R in Windows, so
> that's what I'm trying to do.  [I've done test builds of R under Linux
> before, and that seemed fairly simple.]
>
> I've tried to follow the instructions "Building R for Windows" from here:
> http://www.murdoch-sutherland.com/Rtools/
>
> I installed Rtools27.exe and the other tools suggested here:
> http://www.murdoch-sutherland.com/Rtools/Rtools.txt
>
> I followed the instructions in first Rtools link "Obtaining the R source
> code" and have a directory with the latest C:\R\R-2-6-1.
>
> Should the "Building R for Windows" document say something about what should
> be done next?
>
> Section 2.1 Simple compilation
> http://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/R-admin.html#The-Windows-toolset
> says:
>
> ./configure
> make
>
> These two statements work find on Linux, but I must be missing something
> under Windows XP Pro?  Any suggestions?

Those are Unix instructions.  You want to follow the Windows
instructions, in section 3.1.2 of that document:

> Open a command window at R_HOME/src/gnuwin32. Edit MkRules to set the appropriate paths as needed and to set the type(s) of help that you want built. Beware: MkRules contains tabs and some editors (e.g., WinEdt) silently remove them. Then run
>
>      make all recommended
>
> and sit back and wait while the basic compile takes place.


Duncan Murdoch

>
> Also, what changes must be made to build R on a 64-bit Windows box?  Do R
> Tools work for a 64-bit environment?
>
> Thanks for any help on this.
>
> Earl F. Glynn
> Bioinformatics
> Stowers Institute for Medical Research
>
> ______________________________________________
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> https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-devel

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