[R] how to install packages

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de
Mon Sep 18 11:04:40 CEST 2000

Shige Song wrote:
> Dear All,
> I am trying to fiugre out how install packages on the base system. The
> "FAQ" tells me that more details can be obtained  by typing
> "help(install.packages)", but my R system gives me an error message when
> I did that. I also tried "help(PACKAGES)", "help(install.packages())",
> but none worked. Anybody can help? I am running R 1.1.1 on WinNT 4.

1. Looks like you didn't install one (or more) of the archives, which
contain help pages, e.g. (from the readme):

rw1011h.zip                             text help
rw1011ch.zip                            compiled HTML help
rw1011w.zip                             HTML help files

[I suppose, you have installed the binary distribution for WinNT,
available at CRAN.]

Have a look into the "R for Windows FAQ, section 2.2".

2. Installing additional packages.
 a) It is possible to install additional packages using
 b) For windows there are binary releases of many packages available at
    You might want to install those packages using the installer

Have a look into the "R for Windows FAQ, section 3.1".

Uwe Ligges

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