[R] install.packages() - old version deleted, new version did not install

Duncan Murdoch murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Fri Dec 17 18:22:07 CET 2010

On 17/12/2010 11:13 AM, Jon Olav Skoien wrote:
> Dear list,
> (R 2.12.0, Windows 7, 64bit)
> I recently tried to install a new package ("spacetime"), that depends on
> "sp" among others. I already had the last one installed, but there was
> probably a newer version on CRAN, so the command
>   >  install.packages("spacetime")
> also gave me:
> also installing the dependencies ‘sp’, ‘zoo’, ‘xts’
> sp was already loaded in this session, so installation failed:
> package 'sp' successfully unpacked and MD5 sums checked
> Warning: cannot remove prior installation of package 'sp'
> Unfortunately, the warning should rather say:
> "cannot completely remove prior installation of package 'sp'"
> R managed to remove most of the prior installation of sp, except for the
> .dll. I could go on using sp in the existing sessions, but not load the
> package in a new session or open the help pages. This has happened to me
> several times, and the only solution I have found to this is to close
> all R-sessions and install the package again. This is normally ok, but
> this time I had some long-time computations running in another R-session
> that I did not want to interrupt. For the next time, is there a way to
> reinstall a package without interrupting running R-sessions?
> For me it seems like the cause of the problem could have been solved by
> checking if the .dll can be removed before removing the rest of the
> package, by adding something like the following in utils:::unpackPkgZip?
> if (unlink(paste(instPath,"/libs/x64/sp.dll", sep = "")) != 0)
> warning("cannot remove...")
> before
> ret<- unlink(instPath, recursive = TRUE) (line 95)
> x64 in the path would have to be changed to something architecture
> dependent...

Could you try out the new 2.12.1 release?  I recall hearing that 
something like this had changed, but I can't spot the NEWS item right now.

Duncan Murdoch

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