[R] install.packages

Olivia Lau olau at fas.harvard.edu
Fri Apr 16 18:48:31 CEST 2004

install.packages works for Linux because the directory structure is not
version dependent, as it is for the Windows download.  That should be
fixed as soon as my sys admin consents to install R 1.9.0 so we
can do the cross compile.

Of course, you are right, Martin and Peter, that Zelig should be on CRAN
proper.  We just need to write a few .Rd files to be compliant with R
check, and change our documentation to reflect these new installation
instructions.  As you can see, the Zelig documentation currently follows
the model rather than the command, and this needs to be revised to pass
R check in a meaningful way.  In the meanwhile, Windows users can download
the zip file and do a local installation.  I'm sorry about the confusion.

One question about the CRAN submission process:  Once the package is on
CRAN, how frequently can we update the package (release a new version)?
Is it basically continuous?  I read R-ext carefully, but it doesn't seem
to say.


Olivia Lau

> > >>>>> "R" == R Heberto Ghezzo <heberto.ghezzo at mcgill.ca>
> > >>>>>     on Thu, 15 Apr 2004 12:16:03 -0400 writes:
> >
> >     R> Hello, I just downloaded RW1090. No problems. My thanks
> >     R> to everybody involved in the project. I work in Win98 I
> >     R> updated my library, some problems with some files that
> >     R> were in the PACKAGES list but not in 1.9/ site, now all
> >     R> are.  I tried to install "Zelig" from Harvard
> >     R> install.packages("Zelig",CRAN="http://gking.harvard.edu")
> >     R> this worked in 1.8.1 but now it appends
> >     R> "bin/windows/contrib/1.9" to the address and of course it
> >     R> can not find the file and aborts with error 404 Is there
> >     R> a way around besides http'ing directly to harvard and
> >     R> getting the zip and unzipping it in /library?
> >
> > To my astonishment, it actually works for me (in Linux)
> > with the source package...
> >
> > OTOH, gking.harvard.edu is not really a CRAN mirror, and "GKing"
> > has probably not yet created the  bin/windows/contrib/1.9/
> > directory and its contents.
> > As a matter of fact, I believe he should rather submit his
> > package to CRAN proper and you and he wouldn't have to deal with
> > such things as creating now directories when a the version of R
> > is bumped up.
> >
> > As he says on the Zelig web pages, the easy alternative is to
> > download the zip file and install that from the Package menu on
> > Windows.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Martin

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