[R] Installing packages.

John Fox jfox at mcmaster.ca
Tue May 15 03:19:49 CEST 2001

Dear Michael and Ben,

A convenient alternative is to use the install.packages function, which 
requires that the wget utility is installed on your system and is on the 
search path. You can download wget from 
<http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/Rtools/wget.zip> (as stated in the help file 
for install.packages).

Once this is done, all you need enter is install.packages("tree") -- it's 
that simple if you're connected to the internet and you want to install the 
package to the default library location.

I hope that this helps,

At 07:38 PM 14/05/2001 -0400, ben at zoo.ufl.edu wrote:

>   Check out the WINDOWS FAQ (which I think you'll find under the HTML
>documentation you got with your binaries: help.start()).
>   You probably need the Windows version of the package (which will be a
>.zip file, not a tar.gz file) instead.
>   Basically, R comes with an installer which you can use to install
>libraries (the same installer you used to install the package itself).
>   I have often found it hard to get to the R-for-windows FAQ from the R
>home page; maybe it should be linked somewhere from the FAQ? (or maybe it
>is and I just missed it)
>On Tue, 15 May 2001 Michael.Livingstone at treasury.qld.gov.au wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I've downloaded the 'tree' package (as 'tree_1_0-2_tar.gz') and am trying
> > to install it to use with R in Windows NT.  And, to be blunt, I've got no
> > idea what I'm doing.  As far as I can tell, the FAQ refers to installing
> > packages in Unix and isn't a great help to me - I was hoping someone could
> > give me some basic instructions on how to proceed.  Thanks,
> > Michael

  John Fox
  Department of Sociology
  McMaster University
  email: jfox at McMaster.ca
  web: www.socsci.mcmaster.ca/jfox

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