[R] .install_package_description error
edd at debian.org
Wed Dec 29 03:07:59 CET 2004
On Tue, Dec 28, 2004 at 05:54:02PM -0700, Cary Miller wrote:
> Hi R,
> Apologies for the earlier non-informative error message. I am
> installing R 2.0.1 from source on a Linux debian system. Configure works
You could use the fallback strategy of employing our pre-built packages:
$ apt-get install r-base
They do contain just about feature there is:
edd at homebud:~> R
R : Copyright 2004, The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
Version 2.0.1 (2004-11-15), ISBN 3-900051-07-0
jpeg png tcltk X11 GNOME libz http/ftp sockets
TRUE TRUE TRUE TRUE FALSE TRUE TRUE TRUE
libxml fifo cledit IEEE754 bzip2 PCRE
TRUE TRUE TRUE TRUE TRUE TRUE
so that wouldn't be a reason to roll your own, but you may of course have
other excellent reasons to.
> fine. Then I run make and get an error that was reported by several
> people when installing R 2.0.0. Here is the error message
> > Warning message:
> > package seems to be using lazy loading already in:
> > makeLazyLoading("tools")
> > Error in get(x, envir, mode, inherits) : variable
> > ".install_package_description" was not found
> > Execution halted
In the course of looking after the Debian R packages, I tend to build R
fairly regularly, and I don't think I've seen this error. I can only guess
that you may be mixing an old (pre-2.0.0) and a new installation, which
would obviously be a bad idea at the best of times, and especially when
> In October this same error message appeared in several messages and was
> apparently fixed by a change in src/library/tools/R/admin.R to the 'Built'
I either must have missed that, or forgotten about it.
> function. The 2.0.1 version appears to contain those changes. Am I
> missing something?
Not necessarily. You could try to poke around in the debian/ directory of
the sources themselves to see our configure options (with a minor version
skew). The very detailed buildd logs at
contain some useful info too, if you know where to look.
Let me know (off-line, maybe ?) if I can help further.
If you don't go with R now, you will someday.
-- David Kane on r-sig-finance, 30 Nov 2004
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