[R] Problem installing packages in newer versions of R

Peter Dalgaard P.Dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Thu Sep 18 17:28:11 CEST 2008

Miha Staut wrote:
> Dear all,
> I was wandering what could be wrong with my system (regularly updated Fedora core 8) so that installing packages does not succeed with almost every package. I follow the procedure specified in the help file R-admin section 6.3. This is not a feature new to the current version but happened (to me) in the previous version as well. Additionally R-help html pages try to follow wrong links for the packages that manage to get thorough install.packages() (e.g. RColorBrewer). Should I specify a different lib.loc during install.packages()? My base packages currently reside in /usr/lib/R/library, however, html links for the mentioned contributed package RColorBrewer try to follow a non-existent /usr/share/doc/library/RColorBrewer/html/00Index.html. Why? What should I set to make my default library location (for html links as well) /usr/lib/R/library and default R location /usr/lib/R? 
> Are these two problems connected or the are not?
> I have even built the rpm from src.rpm myself but with no change. 
> Below you may find the (error) output from installing the akima package. It might give a clue. 
You need to install the R-devel RPM.

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