[R] installing packages from CRAN, is this approach stupid?

Friedrich.Leisch@ci.tuwien.ac.at Friedrich.Leisch at ci.tuwien.ac.at
Thu Nov 29 18:43:10 CET 2001

>>>>> On 29 Nov 2001 09:33:24 -0800,
>>>>> A J Rossini (AJR) wrote:

  > In order to quickly install lots ("all") of CRAN packages on a nice
  > new machine here, I did the following:

  >         install.packages(CRAN.packages()[,1])

  > 1. Is this sensible (other than the obvious, "who needs everything"?)

if you know what you're doing: yes ... BUT

this will probably fail for some packages where you don't have the
appropriate header files etc (the database and GIS packages come to mind).

  > 2. Should this be made easier to do (added as a possible option)?

I thought about it and didn't add the option because I'm frightened
that a lot of people will try it and the file bug reports because some
packages don't install properly due to the above reasons -> I don't
want to make it too easy (and people knowing what they do probably
figure out the above line anyway).


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