[Rd] error in install.packages() (PR#14042)

michael.m.spiegel at gmail.com michael.m.spiegel at gmail.com
Wed Nov 4 17:05:10 CET 2009

Full_Name: Michael Spiegel
Version: 2.10
OS: Windows Vista
Submission from: (NULL) (

The following error is produced when attempting to call install.packages.  Here
is the results of the traceback:

> source('http://openmx.psyc.virginia.edu/getOpenMx.R')
Error in f(res) : invalid subscript type 'list'
> traceback()
7: f(res)
6: available.packages(contriburl = contriburl, method = method)
5: .install.winbinary(pkgs = pkgs, lib = lib, contriburl = contriburl, 
       method = method, available = available, destdir = destdir, 
       dependencies = dependencies, ...)
4: install.packages(pkgs = c("OpenMx"), repos = repos)
3: eval.with.vis(expr, envir, enclos)
2: eval.with.vis(ei, envir)
1: source("http://openmx.psyc.virginia.edu/getOpenMx.R")

I've tracked the error down to somewhere in available.packages defined in
src\library\utils\R\packages.R.  I am guessing that the error in version 2.10
has something to do with the change: "available.packages() gains a 'filters'
argument for specifying the filtering operations performed on the packages found
in the repositories."

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