[R] Install polynom pack

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Aug 31 07:33:46 CEST 2000

On Wed, 30 Aug 2000, Erin Hodgess wrote:

> Dear R people:
> I am trying to download the package polynom to R version
> on Windows.
> Here are my commands and output:
> > install.packages("polynom",lib="c:\rw1011\library",CRAN="http://www.r-project.org/src/contrib/")

You must use \\ for \ in a string. I suggest you write "c:/rw1011/library",
which is legal and avoids having to remember.  I don't know if this is the
only problem.

> Error in start[k]:(start[k + 1] - 1) : NA/NaN argument
> In addition: Warning message: 
> Download had nonzero exit status in: download.file(url = paste(contriburl, "PACKAGES", sep = "/"),  
> > 
> Note:  I installed wget and lynx in the proper path, so that should be ok.
> Any advice would be much appreciated!

If you want the current version of polynom, it is in the scripts for
V&R's `S Programming', at http://www.stat.ox.ac.uk/pub/MASS3/Sprog/
and mirrors.  The version discussed in that book (and in those scripts)
is considerably later than that on CRAN (or the S versions on which that is

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