[Rd] R CMD install on R 2.5.0 alpha

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Apr 7 19:33:08 CEST 2007

Nothing has changed here for three months, AFAICS.  However, I noticed you 
have installed R into a directory with a space in the path, despite the 
advice not to.  OTOH, I have just tested installing where you did, and
was able to install R.oo:

[c:/Program Files/R/R-2.5.0alpha/bin]% ./Rcmd INSTALL d:/R/packages/contrib/R.oo_1.2.3.tar.gz
installing to 'c:/PROGRA~1/R/R-25~1.0AL/library'

On Windows, INSTALL is a Perl script.  Please debug it to see what is 
going wrong on your setup (it is working for many others).

You can of course specify -l to workaround this.

On Sat, 7 Apr 2007, Henrik Bengtsson wrote:

> Hi,
> I've just downloaded the latest R v2.5.0 alpha (2007-04-04 r41043) for

That is not the latest binary build I am offered, let alone the latest 

> WinXP.  When I try to
> install a package R tries to install it to a no-name (empty name)
> directory (causing error downstream):
> installing to ''
> FYI: Package install perfectly on R v2.4.1 patched, and did so also on
> earlier R v2.5.0 devel/alpha(?) versions.
> Current directory is:
> C:\tmp
> with subdirectory R.oo/ containing inst/ man/ R/ DESCRIPTION as usual.
> I noticed the following in CHANGES and NEWS related to R CMD INSTALL:
> o	R CMD INSTALL now installs by default into the first library on
> 	the library path if R was run in the current environment.
> 	Similarly, R CMD REMOVE by default removes from that library.
> 	R CMD INSTALL does a better job of removing its temporary
> 	directory.
> o	R CMD INSTALL and R CMD REMOVE now use as the default library
> 	(if -l is not specified) the first library that would be used
> 	if R were run in the current environment (and they run R to
> 	find it).
>    o	R CMD INSTALL now prepends the installation directory (if
> 	specified) to the library search path.
> But my I do have:
>> .libPaths()
> [1] "C:/PROGRA~1/R/R-2.5.0alpha/library"
> My setup:
> echo %RHOME%:
> C:\PROGRA~1\R\R-2.5.0alpha
>> .libPaths()
> [1] "C:/PROGRA~1/R/R-2.5.0alpha/library"
>> sessionInfo()
> R version 2.5.0 alpha (2007-04-04 r41043)
> i386-pc-mingw32
> locale:
> LC_COLLATE=English_United States.1252;LC_CTYPE=English_United States.1252;LC_MON
> ETARY=English_United States.1252;LC_NUMERIC=C;LC_TIME=English_United States.1252
> attached base packages:
> [1] "stats"     "graphics"  "grDevices" "utils"     "datasets"  "methods"
> [7] "base"
> Any help appreciated
> Henrik
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Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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