[R] install-packages

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de
Thu May 29 17:42:23 CEST 2003

Göran Broström wrote:
> When I try 'install-packages' (from menu) in R-1.7.0 (Windows), I get 
> .libPaths()[1], CRAN = NULL)
> Error in file(file, "r") : unable to open connection
> In addition: Warning message: 
> cannot open file `eha060/DESCRIPTION' 

>  but it works with R-1.6.2. It also works if I manually unzip 
> 'eha060.zip' in the right place.
> 'eha' is an R package written by myself, and since I intend to send it to 
> CRAN soon, I'm worried that I have built it incorrectly. I usually work on 
> Linux, and I built eha there. Then I copied the resulting .tar.gz file to
> a Windows 2000 machine with Ripley's tools installed and installed it by
> 'Rcmd INSTALL ...'. So far, so good, everything works. Then I zipped the 
> catalogue 'eha' to get 'eha060.zip',

That might be the problem: Zip it with the tools collection, most easily 
  using the (recommended) way described below.

 >  and this file doesn't work with
> 'install.packages', however with 'unzip'.
> Is the error with me or with 1.7.0? I have seen the reports on failures 
> with bundles, but 'eha' is not a bundle.
> Thanks,
> Göran

- Use  Rcmd INSTALL --build  ....  to create the Windows binary version 
of the package.

- Does the package pass R CMD check under Linux / Rcmd check under Windows?

- Be sure not to have loaded (an old version of) the package before 
trying install.packages(), because files may be locked.

- Follow readme.packages in .../src/gnuwin32 *exactly*.


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