[R] How do I install a Windows package built from source?

Jeff Newmiller jdnewmil at dcn.davis.CA.us
Mon Sep 29 04:09:16 CEST 2014

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2) I am almost certain that unless you have built your R software using Visual Studio 2012, you will be unable to use a package built with that tool with your R software. Read the instructions regarding Rtools on CRAN regarding building packages for R on Windows.
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On September 28, 2014 4:15:33 PM PDT, David K Parker <davparker at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I'm trying to connect to a MongoDB through the rmongodb package. Here
>> my system info:
>> R version 3.1.1 (2014-07-10)
>> Platform: x86_64-w64-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)
>> I can install the rmongodb package but it won't load, see below:
>> > install.packages("rmongodb")
>> Installing package into ‘C:/Users/David/Documents/R/win-library/3.1’
>> (as ‘lib’ is unspecified)
>> trying URL '
>> '
>> Content type 'application/zip' length 1155000 bytes (1.1 Mb)
>> opened URL
>> downloaded 1.1 Mb
>> package ‘rmongodb’ successfully unpacked and MD5 sums checked
>> The downloaded binary packages are in
>> C:\Users\David\AppData\Local\Temp\RtmpqSKJi9\downloaded_packages
>> > library("rmongodb")
>> Error in get(".packageName", where) : lazy-load database 'P' is
>> In addition: Warning message:
>> In get(".packageName", where) : internal error -3 in R_decompress1
>> Error: package or namespace load failed for ‘rmongodb’
>> So, next I remove it, then try installing with devtools as shown
>> library(devtools)
>> install_github("rmongodb", "mongosoup")
>> but that just flat out fails to install. So now I've downloaded the
>> and have successfully built the package with Visual Studio 2012 but
>I'm not
>> sure how to load it into R.
>> Here is the directory listing:
>> ls  "Documents/visual studio 2012/Projects/rmongodb/Debug/rmongodb"
>> App.xaml          Common         resources.pri             
>>  rmongodb.ilk  rmongodb.pdb
>> AppxManifest.xml  MainPage.xaml  rmongodb.build.appxrecipe 
>>  rmongodb.lib  rmongodb.winmd
>> Any help would be greatly appreciated,
>> Thank you,
>> David Parker
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