[Rd] warning from install.packages()

Ben Bolker bolker at ufl.edu
Wed Jun 2 19:45:18 CEST 2010

Michael Dewey wrote:
> At 13:40 01/06/2010, Ben Bolker wrote:
>>> On 25/05/10 23:25 PM, "Ben Bolker" <bolker <at> ufl.edu> wrote:
>>>   Just curious: is there a particular reason why install.packages()
>>> gives a warning in normal use when 'lib' is not specified (e.g. argument
>>> 'lib' is missing: using '/usr/local/lib/R/site-library' )?
> As I see it R is saying 'I am doing what you told 
> me, but just in case I am checking whether that 
> was what you really wanted'. Note that you do not 
> get a warning if there was only one place R could 
> put it. I would certainly vote for a message if 
> people are getting unnecessarily alarmed by the warning.

  But this seems so different from R's general philosophy/behavior
(inherited from Unix?) that a function that gets correct input and
executes without error returns silently ...

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