[Rd] install.packages bug (PR#8873)

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Thu May 18 04:13:44 CEST 2006

On 5/17/2006 5:45 PM, tdhock at OCF.Berkeley.EDU wrote:
> Hello,
> I've been using R for about 3 years now and I'm pretty sure this is a bug. 
> I'm using R 2.2.0.

The latest release is 2.3.0 and 2.3.1 has been announced.  Please try 
R-patched (which will become 2.3.1 in a couple of weeks), and see if you 
still have this problem.

Duncan Murdoch
> The way R is set up to get packages from CRAN using install.packages is 
> really convenient --- if you are installing to your system's main package 
> directory. However, I observe the following problem:
> I want package X but it requires package Y. Further, I have neither 
> package right now. And, I want to install both of them to my homedir (say 
> at ~/mylib) rather than the main R package directory. What I would want to 
> do then is:
>> install.packages('X',lib='~/mylib',dependencies=TRUE)
> However, this doesn't work. It does notice that X depends on Y and so it 
> downloads Y first, but it downloads Y to the wrong directory!! It should 
> download both to ~/mylib in my opinion!!!
> Sincerely,
> Toby Dylan Hocking
> http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~tdhock
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