[R] Packages under windows

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue May 25 08:10:08 CEST 1999

On Tue, 25 May 1999, Kim Horn wrote:

> I just downloaded the NT version of R and cannot
> find anything concrete on loading packages.
> There is alot on how to do it under Unix.
> The windows FAQ briefly mentions it but
> does not explain it.

>From the README:

Binaries for many packages are available at
CRAN/bin/windows/windows-NT/contrib. These are zip files which should
be unpacked in rw0641\library. They are then available for use. You
can also use the installer rwinst.exe to selectively unpack the zip

> I have donwloaded windows binaries of the package
> "clust.zip" and unzipped it into my
>      c:\rw0632\library
> directory... So I have
>        c:\rw0632\library\cluster

So you followed the instructions, which are mentioned briefly because they
are brief!

> Now what do I do ?

Find your R documentation and read it!  Use of libraries is not a
Windows-specific issue, and I think you are confusing installing libraries
(and that is what is in the FAQs) and loading them.

> library(cluster)

will make this available for use.  See ?library for more details, or
read a good book on S/S-PLUS, as R works in exactly the same way.

However, please don't use such an old version of R for Windows: we are
on rw0641 now. In particular, the `windows binaries' are mainly for
rw0640/1 only: I hope you downloaded from the obselete rw063x section.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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