[R] R-1.6.0 to 1.6.1 diff?

ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Nov 7 08:32:56 CET 2002

On Wed, 6 Nov 2002, Na (Michael) Li wrote:

> Hi, I see there are diff files for other minor versions.  Will there be
> one for R-1.6.1?  I use rsync on my Linux box which is unfortunately
> unavailable on Windows (not using cygwin).

Eh?  I have sucessfully rsync-ed the R sources under Windows.  The cygwin
port works, for example (and you don't need to be using cygwin to use it).

There will not be a patch file: the binary *.tar.gz files for the
recommended packages don't patch easily (and probably not even correctly
on Windows).

> I have a related question.  I've been building R on Windows myself
> lately because I found that is necessary if I want to build R packages.
> Is that true?

Not at all.  I build the contributed packages under the binary
distribution almost all the time.

> However, it takes quite a long time to build
> (on a Duron 1GHz laptop with 384MB memory running WinXP Home) and I
> couldn't do much else at the same time.  So I was hoping by applying the
> patch file, I won't have to rebuild everything from scratch again.
> After all, not many files have been changed.  Has anyone have experience
> with that?

A long time?  I reckon on about 15mins for a complete build on my 1.4GHz
laptop.  And there are only four or five versions of R a year!

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