[Rd] R INSTALL *.tgz fails (minor docs/feature bug) (PR#652)
Mon, 4 Sep 2000 10:16:43 -0700 (PDT)
On Sat, 2 Sep 2000 email@example.com wrote:
> R Team,
> I was attempting to install Lindsey's rmutil.tgz and other
> non-CRAN packages using 'R INSTALL', for example 'R INSTALL rmutil.tgz'
> after downloading 'rmutil.tgz' from Lindsey's page (as linked from
> r-project.org page).
> Directly using the compressed file as 'R INSTALL rmutil.tgz'
> failed, though the shell help from 'R INSTALL --help' implied this would
> However, when I simply renamed using 'mv rmutil.tgz rmutil' and
> then ran 'R INSTALL rmutil', that worked.
> Adding a note to rename the .tgz files without the .tgz
> extension, or changing R INSTALL to allow filename extensions when
> installing would be a nice ease-of-use feature.
> (by the way, I was able to use R INSTALL rmutil if I unpacked
> rmutil using 'cat rmutil.tgz | tar xvz' and then ran 'R INSTALL rmutil'.)
R INSTALL is somewhat fussy about package format when used on compressed
files. I don't think Jim Lindsey's packages have ever installed without
uncompressing first. I have had the same thing happen with local packages
of functions I've created for convenience.
Fortunately it's fairly painless to uncompress them.
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics
University of Washington, Seattle
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