[R] Update Packages error

David L Carlson dcarlson at tamu.edu
Fri Mar 30 16:09:47 CEST 2012

You can check to see if you have authorization to update those files by
right-clicking on the R shortcut icon (on your desktop or in Windows | All
Programs | R | R2.14.1 (your version may be different). In the menu that
opens, if there is an option to Run as Administrator (near the top on my
system), select that and R will be able to write in the directory. If that
option is not available, you will have to get someone who can log in as
administrator to update those files. 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-help-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-
> project.org] On Behalf Of Peter Langfelder
> Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 12:11 AM
> To: Jim Silverton
> Cc: r-help at r-project.org
> Subject: Re: [R] Update Packages error
> On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 9:41 PM, Jim Silverton
> <jim.silverton at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Anyone knows how to get around this message? I am trying to update
> some
> > packages in R but I get the following message I use R for 64 bit
> windows.
> > Warning in install.packages(update[instlib == l, "Package"], l,
> contriburl
> > = contriburl,  :
> >  'lib = "C:/Program Files/R/R-2.14.1/library"' is not writable
> > Error in install.packages(update[instlib == l, "Package"], l,
> contriburl =
> > contriburl,  :
> >  unable to install packages
> You most likely don't have permission to write to that directory. Run
> R as a user with enough permissions (usually you have to be an
> administrator or similar to do that), or ask an administrator to
> update the packages for you. If all else fails, you can create your
> own R library (somewhere on your disk where you have write access) and
> install updated packages in it.
> Peter
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