[R] maps package will not load

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Dec 23 17:44:31 CET 2005

The problem is a bug in your OS.  (Given that Microsoft no longer supports 
it, the bug is not going to get fixed.  Do you really want to be running 
an unsupported OS that was superseded in 1999?)

You will need to compile package maps from the sources, after altering 
maps/src/Makefile.win as follows

DLLLIBS = -L$(RHOME)/bin -L$(RHOME)/src/gnuwin32 -lR
           ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^  delete this

On Fri, 23 Dec 2005, K.J.Mcconway wrote:

> I recently installed the maps package, version 2.0-30, into an installation of R 2.2.1 on a rather ancient Pentium 3 PC under Windows NT4. When I try to load the library I get an error dialog with title 'Rgui.exe - Unable To Locate DLL', which says The dynamic link library R could not be found in the specified path (and then it lists the path, which does include the place that the DLL actually is). On dismissing this, I get the following in the console:
> Error in dyn.load(x, as.logical(local), as.logical(now)) :
>        unable to load shared library 'C:/PROGRA~1/R/R-22~1.1/library/maps/libs/maps.dll':
>  LoadLibrary failure:  The specified module could not be found. Error in library(maps) : .First.lib failed for 'maps'
> maps.dll is indeed in the place from which R tells me it can't load it. Other packages with a .First.lib continue to work correctly. I have repeated the installation of the maps package, from several different mirrors, and the same thing happens.
> (To be more precise, I originally did this installation a few days ago into R 2.2.0, and got the results described above, and now I've installed R 2.2.1 and exactly the same thing happens, apart from the path being different of course.)
> Any ideas?

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