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

A.J. Rossini rossini at blindglobe.net
Thu Nov 29 19:04:39 CET 2001

>>>>> "FL" == Friedrich Leisch <Friedrich.Leisch at ci.tuwien.ac.at> writes:

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

Right -- actually, I just added the appropriate packages (the only
real failure was databases and XML, and they were reasonably easy to
fix when reasonable).

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

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

Another thought would be solution by copious warnings at the end about
reasons for failure, but I'm not the one who would be reading the bug
reports (or checking in the warnings about why failures will and
should occurs :-).

Actually, it provides a nice list of packages failed, which turned out
to be useful in fixing the ones I wanted...



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