[R] Perl on Windows XP for Rcmd build

ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Feb 15 20:47:03 CET 2003

You do need Windows Perl, but I have only tested ActiveState perl.
Cygwin Perl wil not work: it does not understand the Windows paths.

We've never seen a problem with ActiveState perl on XP.

On 15 Feb 2003, Douglas Bates wrote:

> Is there a recommended binary version of perl to use under Windows XP
> for `Rcmd build'?  The R FAQ for Windows just mentions "perl".  I
> think that Kevin Wang's document on R for Windows suggests ActiveState
> perl but I have not been able to install it.  
> I am running Windows XP Professional on a laptop.  The operating
> system was originally Windows 98 then upgraded to Windows ME then to
> XP Pro.  I have downloaded the MSI installer version of ActiveState
> perl 5.8.0 and tried to install it.  All that happens when I execute
> the installer is that I get a command prompt window that exits a few
> moments later, apparently with no effect.  I tried this a few times,
> rebooted the computer and tried again and still no luck.  I then
> removed the 5.8.0 installer and downloaded the ActivePerl-
> MSI installer instead but the same thing happened.
> Should I try Apache Perl or some other binary distribution instead?

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