[R] Password protected R Repository

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.tu-dortmund.de
Wed Sep 28 16:57:20 CEST 2011

On 28.09.2011 15:51, Stefan Petersson wrote:
> 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.

Yes, looks like this is the case.

> I tried to call install.packages with the 'method=wget', and hoped for a
> username and password dialog. But no luck.

The help page says "if proper values are stored in the configuration 
file for wget", so why do you expect a dialog?

Uwe Ligges

> 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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