[R-SIG-Finance] RBloomberg with rcom

Ian Coe ICoe at connectcap.com
Mon Jun 22 16:49:32 CEST 2009

  I have been keeping an eye out for the 0.2-1 release, but it appears
that r-forge has not displayed it yet.

  Has anyone else been able to install it from r-forge yet?  If so,
would you mind sending me your steps?

  When I try to install it, this is the error I get.

> install.packages("RBloomberg", repos="http://R-Forge.R-project.org")
Warning message:
In getDependencies(pkgs, dependencies, available, lib) :
  package 'RBloomberg' is not available


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[mailto:r-sig-finance-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Ana Nelson
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 7:01 AM
To: r-sig-finance at stat.math.ethz.ch
Subject: [R-SIG-Finance] RBloomberg with rcom

I now have a working RBloomberg using rcom instead of RDCOMClient. If
know how to compile an R package for windows, you can get the source
subversion now. Otherwise, hopefully tomorrow you can just install a
pre-compiled version after tonight's batch build on r-forge. I have
the version number to 0.2-1.

Again, this is not an official release of RBloomberg, it's just an
experiment to see if rcom is a viable choice.

rcom itself is GPL v2, but rcom requires that you install statconnDCOM
is not open source and so:

1) it can not be redistributed
2) you have to put up with a splash screen for a second or two each time
initiate a connection
3) you must cite the authors in any publication for which you used

On the other hand, statconnDCOM is free and looks like a very actively
and developed component.

If you find issues, post here, email me directly or create a ticket at

You can install R bundled with statconnDCOM by downloading RAndFriends:

Alternatively if you install the rcom package, it comes with a function
which will download and install statconnDCOM for you. Please refer to
output when installing rcom.

Finally, this is probably not a fully backwards-compatible version of
RBloomberg. I have made some changes in date handling to simplify
POSIX dates are now used and chron is no longer a dependency. There are
other minor changes which may affect you, but nothing drastic. Take a
at the examples in the runit test directory to see how things should
You can also run the tests to make sure things are working as they

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