[R] missing ctest and methodological question

Douglas Bates bates at stat.wisc.edu
Mon Apr 23 13:46:34 CEST 2001

Christof Meigen <cmeigen at gmx.de> writes:

> I couldn't figure out how to use the functions from the
> ctest library. I'm using the r-base package that comes with
> debian potato. library("ctest") told me that no such package
> existed. I checked the CRAN, but no such package was
> availiable, instead I was told that it would be part of the
> standard installation. But functions from ctest like
> shapiro-wilk don't work.  The only thing I found was a
> ASCII-file "ctest" which I could load but was only a wrapper
> for some C-Library which seems to be not installed.

Because of the very long delays between the freezing of a Debian
distribution and its eventual release, versions of r-base on Debian
releases are woefully out of date.  I think the version of r-base in
the Debian potato release is 0.90.x while the current released version
of R is 1.2.2 (and 1.2.3 is imminent).  The ctest package is included
with recent versions of R.  In particular it is included with the
Debian packages for r-base_1.2.2 that you can download from


(You can substitute a CRAN mirror site for cran.r-project.org)

The ReadMe file in that directory gives instructions on how to
configure apt, Debian's advanced package tool, to search for packages
in that location automatically.
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