[R-SIG-Mac] Consistency of information about installed packages

Don MacQueen macq at llnl.gov
Thu Apr 28 20:34:53 CEST 2005

I'm sorry, I thought the non-zero exit status message was sufficient 
and definitive.

Yes, it had failed. Prior to that message, it had said, in bright red text,

make: *** [deldir.so] Error 1
ERROR: compilation failed for package 'deldir'

(and prior to that:  ld: can't locate file for : -lbundle1.o)

So I had no doubt that the installation had failed.

library(deldir) works in the sense that it returns no error or warning message.
deldir then shows up 2nd in the search path, but there's nothing there:

>  ls(2)

After all this, there is a folder,
but its contents are incomplete, having only a DESCRIPTION file, and 
'libs' and 'Meta' folders. The libs folder is empty, the Meta folder 
has a single file, package.rds. The contents of the DESCRIPTION file 
look generally ok.


At 2:09 PM -0400 4/28/05, Simon Urbanek wrote:
>On Apr 28, 2005, at 1:46 PM, Don MacQueen wrote:
>>The installation failed, final message was
>>   "installation of package 'deldir' had a non-zero exit status..."
>This doesn't necessarily mean that the installation failed. Does
>>I then went to the GUI menu item for installing binary format 
>>packages. I found deldir. However, it told me I had an installed 
>>version of deldir (there was an entry in the "Installed Version" 
>>column of the GUI window). Since the attempt to install from source 
>>had failed, this is not correct.
>See above - the installation may have been successful with non-zero 
>exit status. In that case it may be ineresting to figure out why 
>exactly (I remember that sometimes the script tries to change 
>permissions of the .css file, which fails depending on your setup, 
>but that's irrelevat for the package), but if a package is retained 
>after installation it usaully indicates that the installation was 
>successful, regardles of the exit status.

Don MacQueen
Environmental Protection Department
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA, USA

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