[R] Rcmd

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Feb 19 08:16:38 CET 2001

On Sun, 18 Feb 2001, Bob Wheeler wrote:

> Thanks for all the help. It is appreciated.
> As you indicated, Rcmd needs the name of a Perl
> script on the command line. Windows' users
> normally do not keep Perl on their machines. It's
> no problem. I have ActiveState Perl on a CD, and
> only need to install it.
> R for Windows has the required scripts, but
> installing Perl is up to the user. Would that they
> had told me -- but who can write documentation
> that meets all needs, not me certainly.

`They' did write documentation that told you that Perl was needed, but
`they' can't read it for you.  (See the files INSTALL and readme.packages
....)  Rcmd.exe and those scripts are in rw1021sp.zip, and readme.packages
is its README file.

For the record, Rcmd is a front end to more than just Perl scripts, for
example sh scripts.

This sort of response just discourages porting tools to Windows.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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