[R] R 1.9.1 package installation problems
Erik T. Ray
etr at ravelgrane.com
Fri Jun 25 20:21:10 CEST 2004
I am writing as an administrator, not as an R user, so forgive me if I
am not completely knowledgeable about R.
I have a user who is creating an R package for windows from a Linux
environment using the crossbuild environment by Jun Yan and A.J.
Rossini. The packages she generated worked fine until she tried to
install in R 1.9.1 for Windows. Now when she installs with
install.packages( "Zelig", CRAN="http://gking.harvard.edu" )
it results in two errors.
First, it claims there are some missing files. When I look in the zip
file, the files are there, but they coexist with other files that have
the same name differing only in case. So there is both 'help/zelig' and
'help/Zelig', and this is causing R to think that one of them is
Second, R says that many of the files have bad MD5 checksums. I
generated some MD5 digests using the linux command 'openssl dgst -md5'
and compared against the ones created by the R Crossbuild script. They
are different. So I made a new MD5 file and stuck it in the package.
This time, the installation resulted in just three files having bad
checksums, and they happen to be the counterparts to the "missing"
files. In other words, it claims that "html/zelig" is missing, and
"html/Zelig" has a bad MD5 checksum.
So I have two problems. First, MD5 checksums are not being generated
correctly by the cross builder. At worst, I could re-generate those, so
it is not a big deal. More problematic, there seems to be a bug in the
way R 1.9.1 for windows imports packages that contain files whose names
differ only by case.
Does anyone else notice this problem, or is it a known issue? Is there
Erik Ray Unix Systems Administrator
Harvard-MIT Data Center Harvard University
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