[R] Problems with update.packages() in V 1.4.0 on W2K

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Thu Dec 20 14:43:24 CET 2001

Kenneth Cabrera <krcabrer at perseus.unalmed.edu.co> writes:

> Hello dear R fans!
> I got a trouble with update.packages() with the version 1.4.0 on
> windows 2000.
> I make already the change in ..\modules directory.
> I rename internet.dll to internetold.dll and I
> rename   internet2.dll to internet.dll
> My internet conexion has a proxy.
> In the version 1.3.1 works everything fine!
> Thank you for your help.
> Kenneth
> P.S. I download the a precompiled version of R 1.4.0 for windows from
> http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/bdr/RWin/Rpre/rw1040*.zip

That may be precompiled, but the pre is for pre*release*. There is no
official 1.4.0 for Windows yet. Even when that appears, you have to
allow the Windows non-maintainer some time to update the binary
packages which update.packages() is attempting to update. Otherwise
you'll just have to build them from source (although Windows is not
the most friendly platform to do that on, as you're surely already

I.e. you cannot assume update.packages() to work at this stage.
However, listings like CRAN.packages() should work. Do they? If not,
what are the symptoms.

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