[R] Help load a package into R

Rasanga Ruwanthi ruwanthi_kdr at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 11 12:26:32 CEST 2008

Thanks very much Paul. 
I found that I could install it by following "Packages" and then "install packages". However, I am not sure it is that latest version. Can Dr Terry Therneau confirm this please?

----- Original Message ----
From: Paul Hiemstra <p.hiemstra at geo.uu.nl>
To: Rasanga Ruwanthi <ruwanthi_kdr at yahoo.com>
Cc: r-help at r-project.org
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2008 10:46:14 AM
Subject: Re: [R] Help load a package into R

Rasanga Ruwanthi wrote:
> Dear R List,
> I want to download kinship_1.2_S.tar.gz in http://mayoresearch.mayo.edu/mayo/research/biostat/splusfunctions.cfm
> to R. Once save this file to C:\, how I could load into R? I am working in Windows XP. Usually what I do is, I go to "packages" and then "install packages from local zip files". This procedure fails for .tar.gz files. Can someone help here please.... 
> Thanks very much.
> Ruwanthi
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Hi Ruwanthi,

>From the website of the Mayo Clinic:

"""Although we realize that some will not have the expertise or perhaps 
the software to do the compilation, particularly on Windows systems, we 
do not have the time or the necessary equipment to provide binary 

A .zip file in windows xp is a binary version where all the C-code has 
already been compiled, .tar.gz files contain uncompiled code. To build 
packages under windows the following link is a good start:


hope this helps,

Drs. Paul Hiemstra
Department of Physical Geography
Faculty of Geosciences
University of Utrecht
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P.O. Box 80.115
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