[R] help finding a starting point to diagnose inability to install or update packages

Larry Johnson |@rry@john@on @end|ng |rom cobbcountycour|er@com
Sun Apr 25 16:52:28 CEST 2021

Hi. Short version.  tidyverse disappeared from my packages, and won't install.  The initial failure stated I had an outdated broom package, but updates are failing too, not just on broom, but on all packages, and there is no meaningful error output on the installation failures.

I typically use RStudio on Fedora 33, but the problem I'm about to describe occurs whether I use RStudio or the text version.

To give you overview, here is the output from sessionInfo:

> sessionInfo()
R version 4.0.4 (2021-02-15)
Platform: x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu (64-bit)
Running under: Fedora 33 (Workstation Edition)

Matrix products: default
BLAS/LAPACK: /usr/lib64/libflexiblas.so.3.0

 [1] LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8       LC_NUMERIC=C
 [3] LC_TIME=en_US.UTF-8        LC_COLLATE=en_US.UTF-8
 [7] LC_PAPER=en_US.UTF-8       LC_NAME=C
 [9] LC_ADDRESS=C               LC_TELEPHONE=C

attached base packages:
[1] stats     graphics  grDevices datasets  utils     methods   base

loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
 [1] htmlwidgets_1.5.3   colorspace_2.0-0    scales_1.1.1        compiler_4.0.4
 [5] magrittr_2.0.1      R6_2.5.0            leaflet_2.0.4.1     htmltools_0.5.1.1
 [9] tools_4.0.4         crosstalk_1.1.1     digest_0.6.27       lifecycle_1.0.0
[13] munsell_0.5.0       rlang_0.4.10        CoprManager_0.3.7.1

After trying complete reinstalls of R, RStudio, and the CRAN repositories here's the last error messages I've gotten in my attempts to install and load tidyverse:

> install.packages(c("broom", "callr", "cli", "cpp11", "dbplyr", "haven", "highr", "knitr", "pillar", "processx", "RcppArmadillo", "reprex", "tibble", "tinytex", "vctrs", "viridis", "viridisLite", "withr"))
Install system packages...
> install.packages("tidyverse")
Install system packages...
> library(tidyverse)
Error: package or namespace load failed for ‘tidyverse’ in loadNamespace(j <- i[[1L]], c(lib.loc, .libPaths()), versionCheck = vI[[j]]):
 namespace ‘broom’ 0.7.5 is being loaded, but >= 0.7.6 is required

Attempts to install or update broom fail with no output.

I've been searching for similar reports of failure here in these archives, on the RStudio forums, and on the internet and have found nothing that's a seamless match.  If I can't find anything I'll check out filing a bug report (I've never done it with R before).

Any help with a starting point in diagnosing this will be appreciated.


​Larry Johnson

Editor and Publisher

Cobb County Courier



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