[R] CGIwithR installation failure

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun Jun 9 08:23:32 CEST 2013

On 08/06/2013 23:27, rex wrote:
> Hello,
> CGIwithR apparently is not available on CRAN for R 2.15.x, so I

It is not hosted on CRAN.  You should ask its maintainer (and package 
installation problems most often belong on the R-devel list).

See what the posting guide says about that and about upgrading your R 
before posting.

> downloaded the source (0.73) and tried:
> ~/Downloads$ R CMD INSTALL CGIwithR
> * installing to library ‘/home/rex/R/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-library/2.15’
> * installing *source* package ‘CGIwithR’ ...
> configure: creating ./config.status
> config.status: creating R/CGIwithR.R
>        *****************************************
>    After the installation of this R package is complete
>    copy the files R.cgi and .Rprofile in
>        /home/rex/R/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-library/2.15/CGIwithR/cgi-bin/
>    to the cgi-bin area of your Web server. If necessary,   modify the
> settings in the first part of R.cgi to   suit your local configuration.
>        *****************************************
> ** R
> Error in parse(outFile) : embedded nul in string: '\0'
> ERROR: unable to collate and parse R files for package ‘CGIwithR’
> Any suggestions, including using a different package, appreciated.
> Background: I want to solve the classic diet linear programming
> problem. The CGI code needs to parse a POST, access a MySQL DB, solve
> the problem (probably using the linprog package), and present the
> solution to the vistor. I've done CGI programming in Python, but
> not in R and don't know if CGIwithR is a good choice. It hasn't
> been updated since 2005, so a more current package may be a better
> choice. OTOH, my needs are (currently) simple so CGIwithR may
> be an OK choice.
> I've a Python version that does the above, except for finding the
> lowest cost diet that meets constraints. The Python input form will be
> used in the R version (no point in reinventing the wheel).
> http://www.nosyntax.net/birdnutrit/
> Thanks for any help.
> -rex

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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