[R] have difficulty in installing packages

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Jan 18 00:25:53 CET 2006

You seem to be using Windows.  I do suggest you ask local advice, as the 
problem is almost certainly local your site.

You may need to set a proxy -- see the rw-FAQ.
You may need to set a policy to allow R through a firewall.
You may need permission to download at all, and indeed the trouble you are 
having with your unnamed browser suggests so.

On Tue, 17 Jan 2006, Seungho Huh wrote:

> Dear sir or ma'am,
> I have difficulty in installing packages. When I click "Install package(s)..." in the Packages menu, it takes forever and it finally shows the following message:
> --- Please select a CRAN mirror for use in this session ---
> Warning: unable to access index for repository http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/languages/R/CRAN/bin/windows/contrib/2.2
> Warning: unable to access index for repository http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/RWin/bin/windows/contrib/2.2
> Error in install.packages(NULL, .libPaths()[1], dependencies = TRUE, type = type) :
>        no packages were specified
> In fact, I visited http://www.r- project.org/, looked for some CRAN 
> mirror sites, and decided to click the following site: 
> http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/languages/R/CRAN/ However, the ckicking 
> function simply did not work for this site and all the other CRAN mirror 
> sites listed there. Is this a problem that I will need to get help from 
> the help desk of my company? Or, has someone else had similar problems? 
> Thanks for any advice on this.
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Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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