[R] SWinRegistry & R 1.8.0

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun Nov 2 18:56:24 CET 2003

On Sun, 2 Nov 2003, David Pleydell wrote:

> Hi 
> I have R 1.6.2 and use WinEdt as a text editor.  I
> have just upgraded to R 1.8.0 but can't set up the
> SWinRegistry program.  Using the recommended "Install
> packages from local zip files" menu option I get
> >
> install.packages("C:/R/SWinRegistry_0.3-2_binary.zip",
> .libPaths()[1], CRAN = NULL)
> Error in file(file, "r") : unable to open connection
> In addition: Warning message: 
> cannot open file
> `SWinRegistry_0.3-2_binary/DESCRIPTION' 
> However the same zip file works fine with the old R
> 1.6.2...

Well, binary versions of R are not compatible across one let alone *two*
1.x.0 changes. You really should reinstall from the sources if you find
any problems: did you try that?

> install.packages("C:/R/SWinRegistry_0.3-2_binary.zip",
> .libPaths()[1], CRAN = NULL)
> updating HTML package descriptions
> Is this a bug? 

Yes, in SWinRegistry, or at least the version you have.
Get the latest sources, run Rcmd check on them and if they pass install 
them otherwise correct them.

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