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

Don MacQueen macq at llnl.gov
Thu Apr 28 20:53:50 CEST 2005

Hi, Rob,

The only hint I saw, and it showed up in the Installer, was to remove 
copies of old RAqua. In fact, it says "previous versions of the Cocoa 
GUI are fine". Maybe I didn't look hard enough, but that looked 
pretty definite to me.

I had some packages previously installed; they were, as usual, gone. 
That's of course not a problem; it's expected.


At 11:10 AM -0700 4/28/05, Rob J Goedman wrote:
>Correct. It does give a hint while installing to remove old versions.
>The safe and correct way to install is removing previous versions of 
>R (usually in /Applications) and
>and R.framework (/Library/Frameworks/R.framework). It might ask for 
>authentication to drag these
>into the Trash.
>If in the past you have used/updated a library in your home 
>directory, also remove this library
>All packages need to be updated for R-2.1.0.
>Hope this helps,
>On Apr 28, 2005, at 10:46 AM, Don MacQueen wrote:
>>It appears to me that the Gui-based installer for binary format 
>>packages in the new R 2.1.0 binary distribution can report a 
>>package as installed when in fact it has not been successfully 
>>installed. This results from a previous attempt to install the 
>>package from source code that failed.
>>I just installed the new R 2.1.0 binary for OS X.
>>I installed over the existing R 2.0.1, which had also been 
>>installed from the binary.
>>Other then the fact that it was installed over the previous 
>>version, this is a completely fresh installation of R 2.1.0.
>>I started R by double-clicking R.app.
>>The very first thing I tried to do was to install the deldir package.
>>In the console, I typed
>>    install.packages('deldir')
>>The installation failed, final message was
>>   "installation of package 'deldir' had a non-zero exit status..."
>>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.
>>The version number for deldir in the GUI package installer window 
>>was the same as that of the attempt to install from source.
>>I had not installed deldir in R 2.0.1 (even if I had, it shouldn't 
>>be relevant, I believe)
>>Don MacQueen
>>Environmental Protection Department
>>Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
>>Livermore, CA, USA
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>>R-SIG-Mac at stat.math.ethz.ch

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

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