# RStudio cannot find pandoc on Windows remote desktop

My company moved to Windows Remote Desktop.

When knitting an RMarkdown, I get this error: "pandoc.exe: \\: openBinaryFile: does not exist (No such file or directory)"

The system variable "RSTUDIO_PANDOC is set to "C:/Program Files/RStudio/bin/pandoc".

Using Powershell, I do indeed see the two executable files in that folder.

Any suggestions?

Just to be sure, can you check the result of

rmarkdown::find_pandoc()


to see if the version found by default is the one from RStudio or not ?

And can you provide the full pandoc command ?

I suspect there is something related to network drive. This does not mean that pandoc is not found but that there is a path seen as \\ and that it can't be found.

pandoc.exe: \\: openBinaryFile: does not exist (No such file or directory)

This could happen with one of the ressource in a network drive or something like that. This was / is a pandoc issue, I am not sure where we are on it.

Related issue:

The system does find pandoc:

$version [1] ‘2.7.2’$dir
[1] "C:/Program Files/RStudio/bin/pandoc"


However, when I knit the default RMarkdown file I get the error.

output file: test.knit.md

"C:/Program Files/RStudio/bin/pandoc/pandoc" +RTS -K512m -RTS test.utf8.md --to html4 --from markdown+autolink_bare_uris+tex_math_single_backslash --output test.html --email-obfuscation none --self-contained --standalone --section-divs --template "\\file01\apps\RLibrary\rmarkdown\rmd\h\default.html" --no-highlight --variable highlightjs=1 --variable "theme:bootstrap" --include-in-header "C:\Users\PeterP\AppData\Local\Temp\RtmpkVdgnd\rmarkdown-str251b8458b147.html" --mathjax --variable "mathjax-url:https://mathjax.rstudio.com/latest/MathJax.js?config=TeX-AMS-MML_HTMLorMML" --lua-filter "\\file01/apps/RLibrary/rmarkdown/rmd/lua/pagebreak.lua" --lua-filter "\\file01/apps/RLibrary/rmarkdown/rmd/lua/latex-div.lua"
pandoc.exe: \\: openBinaryFile: does not exist (No such file or directory)
Error: pandoc document conversion failed with error 1
Execution halted


This only seems to be a problem on the remote desktop.

I think this comes from here. The Rmarkdown package is installed on a network drive and pandoc does not know how to handle that. There are some workarounds discussed here (like mounting the path)

It should have been fixed in pandoc however (https://github.com/jgm/pandoc/issues/5127) but maybe there is still issue.

For reference, cross posted on GH: https://github.com/rstudio/rmarkdown/issues/1866