[R] install.packages for local zip files

Muhammad Subianto msubianto at gmail.com
Mon Jul 17 12:53:22 CEST 2006

On 7/16/06, Daniel Gatti <dmgatti at mindspring.com> wrote:
> O/S: Linux
> R version : 2.2.1
> The R server doesn't have http internet access.  And the sys admins will
> not install the R libraries that I requested.  So I have downloaded the
> packages that I want to intall and have moved them into my home
> directory on the server.  These are a series of *.tar.gz files.  I want
> to install the R libraries in my home directory, but I can't get it to
> work.  According to the install.packages documentation :
> install.packages(pkgs, lib, repos = getOption("repos"),  contriburl =
> contrib.url(repos, type), method, available = NULL, destdir = NULL,
> installWithVers = FALSE, dependencies = FALSE, type = getOption("pkgType"))
> repos: character vector, the base URL(s) of the repositories to use,
>        i.e., .... Can be 'NULL' to install from local '.tar.gz' files.
> contriburl: URL(s) of the contrib section of the repositories. ......
>        Can be 'NULL' to install from local '.tar.gz' files.
>  pkgs: character vector of the short names of packages/bundles whose
>           current versions should be downloaded from the repositories.
>           If 'repos = NULL', a character vector of file paths of
>           '.tar.gz' files.  These can be source archives or binary
>           package/bundle archive files (as created by 'R CMD build
>           --binary'). ......
>  lib: character vector giving the library directories where to install
> the packages.  Recycled as needed.
> So I have issued a command like this:
>  > install.packages(pkgs="~/Rdownloads/hgug4112a_1.12.0.tar.gz", lib =
> "~/Rlib", repos=NULL, contriburl=NULL)
> Warning in download.packages(pkgs, destdir = tmpd, available =
> available,  :
>          no package '~/Rdownloads/hgug4112a_1.12.0.tar.gz' at the
> repositories
> As far as I can tell, I've given it the full path to the zip file, the
> directory in which to install the library and I've set the repository
> path to 'NULL' to indicate that I'm installing from an already
> downloaded zip file.  But I'm missing something.  Any ideas?
> Thanks,
> Dan
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Put your packages, for example, in directory "/dir/of/pkgs"

and the package will be installed to "/dir/of/R/libs"


Best, Muhammad Subianto

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