[R] Installing packages with R v.2.3.1 on MAC OS X -- Error: "Cannot chdir: No such file or directory"

Don MacQueen macq at llnl.gov
Thu Sep 21 21:59:30 CEST 2006

Are you trying to install a package from source?
Try adding type='source' when you call install.packages().
The help page for install.packages() indicates the need for this on a Mac.

You might also check and see if ~/libs exists, and you have write 
privileges, but take care of the source vs. binary issue first. 
Notice the 'bin' in the URL path it mentions.


At 12:16 PM -0400 9/21/06, Snaebjorn Gunnsteinsson wrote:
>Dear all,
>     I'm working on MAC OS X 10.4.7 using R version 2.3.1 (June 2006) 
>and platform powerpc-apple-darwin8.6.0. Since I installed the new 
>version of R I cannot install packages any more (but it worked fine 
>before) and get the following message every time. I can, however, 
>install packages from the command line if I get them as precompiled 
>  > install.packages("foreign", lib="~/libs/Rlibs")
>trying URL 'http://www.biometrics.mtu.edu/CRAN/bin/macosx/powerpc/
>Content type 'application/x-gzip' length 268096 bytes
>opened URL
>downloaded 261Kb
>tar: ~/libs/Rlibs/file77a4044d: Cannot chdir: No such file or directory
>tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
>gzip: stdout: Broken pipe
>Error in sprintf(gettext(fmt, domain = domain), ...) :
>          argument is missing, with no default
>  >
>The command did create the directory (i.e. ~/libs/Rlibs/file77a4044d) 
>on my system and has open priviledges (i.e. drwxr-xr-x) but is empty. 
>I've tried 'sudo R' but that does not help and cannot find anything 
>helpful on this in the R-help archives or FAQ.
>Thanks in advance for your help,
>I would really appreciate any help in solving this,
>best regards,
>R-help at stat.math.ethz.ch mailing list
>PLEASE do read the posting guide http://www.R-project.org/posting-guide.html
>and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code.

Don MacQueen
Environmental Protection Department
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA, USA

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