[R] [SPAM] - Re: R package development in windows - BayesianFilter detected spam

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Sat May 5 13:50:51 CEST 2007

On 04/05/2007 9:32 PM, Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
> It certainly would be excellent if installing perl could be eliminated.
> One additional thing that I really dislike about the R installation is that
> one needs "find" on one's path and that conflicts with "find" on Windows
> so other applications unrelated to R that use scripts can suddenly break
> because of R.  If that could be solved at the same time it would be nice.

At a minimum we should be able to wrap the calls to find in a macro, so 
you could change the macro in MkRules and rename your copy from Rtools 
to remove the conflict.  I'll take a look.

Duncan Murdoch

> On 5/4/07, Duncan Murdoch <murdoch at stats.uwo.ca> wrote:
>> On 04/05/2007 4:25 PM, Greg Snow wrote:
>>> I have used the pp/par combination for Perl before.  It is pretty straight forward to convert an existing perl script into a stand alone windows executable.
>>> Both the Activestate licence and the Perl Artistic licence allow for embedding a script and perl interpreter together and distributing the result.
>>> The current perl script(s) used for the R package build package could easily be converted to a 'stand alone' windows executable and be distributed with Rtools for those who do not want to install Perl themselves.
>>> The only drawback is that even a "Hello World" script will result in over a meg sized executable (due to the perl interpreter being included).
>> I took a quick look at the PAR page on CPAN, and it seems possible to
>> build a DLL that incorporates the interpreter, and then each individual
>> script .exe could be much smaller.  I'll see if I can get that to work;
>> it would be really nice to be able to drop the Perl requirement.  If we
>> could do that, I'd include the command line tools plus the compiled
>> scripts with the basic R distribution, so you could easily build simple
>> packages.  The Rtools.exe installer would then just need to install the
>> MinGW compilers for packages containing compiled code, and a few extras
>> needed for building R.
>> I don't really know Perl, so I might be asking for advice if I get stuck.
>> Duncan Murdoch
>>> ________________________________
>>> From: r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch on behalf of Gabor Grothendieck
>>> Sent: Fri 5/4/2007 11:55 AM
>>> To: Doran, Harold
>>> Cc: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch; Duncan Murdoch
>>> Subject: Re: [R] [SPAM] - Re: R package development in windows - BayesianFilter detected spam
>>> Just googling I found this:
>>> http://www.perlmonks.org/?node_id=186402
>>> On 5/4/07, Doran, Harold <HDoran at air.org> wrote:
>>>>> The best, of course, would be to get rid of Perl altogether.
>>>> In Python, it is possible to make standalone executables. Is it possible
>>>> to also do this in Perl, then one could eliminate a perl install. Or, is
>>>> it possible to use Python to accomplish what perl is currently doing? I
>>>> may be getting in over my head here since I really don't know what perl
>>>> is doing under the hood.
>>>> Harold
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