[R] trouble downloading package car

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Nov 23 14:51:08 CET 2001

On Fri, 23 Nov 2001, Joslin Moore wrote:

> Dear helpful person,
> I have been trying to download package car from the CRAN website using the
> install.packages command from within R. I have successfully used this
> command to install other packages but can't make it work for car.
> When I try I get the following messages:
> trying URL `http://cran.uk.r-project.org//bin/windows/contrib/PACKAGES'
> Content type `text/plain' length 5677 bytes
> opened URL
> downloaded 5677 bytes
> Warning messages:
> 1: argument `lib' is missing: using F:/USERS/Joslin2001/R/rw1031/library
> in: install.packages(car)

It should be install.packages("car", .Library): see the help page.
Presumably you have an object car with value -3.2 ....

> 2: No package "-3.2" on CRAN. in: download.packages(pkgs, destdir = tmpd,
> available
> I have tried a couple of mirror sites but to no avail.
> If you could give me any advice on how to install this package I would be
> most grateful.

Use the menus: they are designed for people who don't read help pages.
Packages -> Update Packages for CRAN and click on car and then OK.

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