[R] programmatic installation

A.J. Rossini rossini at blindglobe.net
Thu Apr 11 01:50:17 CEST 2002

Okay, so I've got a set of directories containing unpacked R packages
(unpacked, since for various sensible reasons, I'm editing them in warped

Supposing that these are in:


I thought I could do something like:

install.packages("MyUnPackedRPackage",   # top package name
                 lib="/home/rossini/lib/R", # where I'd like to install
                 destdir="/home/faculty/rossini/sandbox/madman/Rpacks") ## assuming
                                        ## this is where it goes.

But this isn't the right incantation.  I know that I could simply
shell out using system, i.e. system("R CMD install /path/to/dir"), 
but is there a cleaner way?


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