[R] Password protected R Repository

Stefan Petersson stefan.petersson at inizio.se
Wed Sep 28 15:51:41 CEST 2011

Prof Brian Ripley <ripley <at> stats.ox.ac.uk> writes:

> Who said that RCurl::getURL worked with install.packages?
> (At least, I assume this is from RCurl: you did not mention it.)
> install.packages() first calls available.packages(), and that uses 
> download.file to get the PACKAGES[.gz] file.  It then calls 
> download.file to get the packages.
> So please read the help for download.file (as the help pages say), and 
> try the solutions described there.
> On Wed, 28 Sep 2011, Stefan Petersson wrote:

The helpfiles for 'download.file' was not that helpful. But maybe it's just me 
not being able to read them correctly. 

I tried to call install.packages with the 'method=wget', and hoped for a 
username and password dialog. But no luck. Other than that, I see no arguments 
that relates to my problem under ?download.file. Which btw is 'installing an R 
library from a password protected URL (Apache Basic Authentication)'.

Actually, nobody said that RCurl::getURL would work with install.packages, but 
from what was written in a post somewhere I jumped to the (false) conclusion 
that it would work. That's why I tried it.

Any hints would be greatly appreciated!

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