[R] How do you install cran mac binaries

Henrik Bengtsson hb at biostat.ucsf.edu
Tue Jan 28 18:39:25 CET 2014

Whether a package is install from source or from an available binary
is controlled by argument 'type', cf. ?install.packages.  I believed
that, just as on Windows, the default on OSX was to install from
binaries, but I might be wrong, or you have changed the settings of
the below "option".  So, instead, try:

install.packages("forecast", type="mac.binary.leopard")

You can set this as an option once per R session, i.e.
options(pkgType="mac.binary.leopard"), and then it's enough to do:


To make that option "permanent" across R sessions, see ?.Rprofile.
BTW, you want to use "both" instead of "mac.binary.leopard".


On Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 3:09 AM, ce <zadig_1 at excite.com> wrote:
> But in crran page it says mac binaries ?
> if I do install.library, it compiles the package. My old mac can't compile some packages. that's why I need to install binaries directly if possible.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Henrik Bengtsson" [hb at biostat.ucsf.edu]
> Date: 01/28/2014 12:30 AM
> To: "ce" <zadig_1 at excite.com>
> CC: "" <r-help at r-project.org>
> Subject: Re: [R] How do you install cran mac binaries
> As you install basically all CRAN packages and all OSes;
> install.packages("forecast")
> /Henrik
> On Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 8:18 PM, ce <zadig_1 at excite.com> wrote:
>> Sorry if the question is stupid, how you you install mac os binaries  like in :
>> http://cran.r-project.org/bin/macosx/contrib/r-release/forecast_5.0.tgz
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