[R-SIG-Mac] Error loading packages, command 'tar' missing from path?
simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Thu Mar 5 18:47:15 CET 2009
On Mar 5, 2009, at 4:42 , Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> To Simon: this was Mac-specific as only on Macs does
> install.packages use this piece of code (and we had a surplus comma
> in the gettextf call).
> I've never used 10.4.11 and don't know if /usr/bin/tar is part of
> the base OS or of Xcode on that version. I was hoping the Mac
> aficionados would know, my main reason for referring Andrew here.
tar is part of the base system, i.e. it is always installed on OS X
(no Xcode needed). On the Tiger DVD it's in
so you can restore it from there.
> On Thu, 5 Mar 2009, Andrew J. Rominger wrote:
>> Thanks to all for your help and suggestions. I apparently did
>> somehow delete tar. In the terminal i get:
>> $ which tar
>> no tar in /usr/bin /bin /usr/sbin /sbin /usr/local/bin /usr/X11R6/bin
>> Sorry to be a little slow, but I'm not familiar with working in the
>> terminal so I'm sure there is a way to "reset" the path--but I
>> don't know how to do it. And I don't want to mess anything up any
>> more! Could anyone direct me as to where I can properly learn
>> about resetting the path to include tar?
>> Thanks very much--
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Simon Urbanek" <simon.urbanek at r-project.org>
>> To: "Andrew J. Rominger" <rominger at stanford.edu>
>> Cc: r-sig-mac at stat.math.ethz.ch
>> Sent: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 7:31:26 AM GMT -08:00 US/Canada
>> Subject: Re: [R-SIG-Mac] Error loading packages, command 'tar'
>> missing from path?
>> On Mar 3, 2009, at 17:52 , Andrew J. Rominger wrote:
>>> Hello all,
>>> My appologies for any possible cross-posting--I originally posted a
>>> version of this to R-Help, but was refered to r-sig-mac because
>>> apparently my problem is mac-specific.
>> It is specific to your system - experience (see archives) shows that
>> either you somehow changed the default PATH and it doesn't include /
>> usr/bin anymore or you have somehow deleted tar (/usr/bin/tar).
>>> I'm running R2.8.1 on a Mac OS 10.4.11. While trying to install the
>>> package gdata, I was presented with the following (error at end of
>>> also installing the dependency ‘gtools’
>>> trying URL 'http://cran.stat.ucla.edu/bin/macosx/universal/contrib/2.8/gtools_2.5.0-1.tgz'
>>> Content type 'application/x-tar' length 85484 bytes (83 Kb)
>>> opened URL
>>> downloaded 83 Kb
>>> trying URL 'http://cran.stat.ucla.edu/bin/macosx/universal/contrib/2.8/gdata_2.4.2.tgz'
>>> Content type 'application/x-tar' length 539301 bytes (526 Kb)
>>> opened URL
>>> downloaded 526 Kb
>>> /bin/sh: line 1: tar: command not found
>>> 2009-03-02 20:42:06.081 R tossing reply message sequence 3 on
>>> thread 0x1ce3ae0
>>> Error in sprintf(gettext(fmt, domain = domain), ...) :
>>> argument is missing, with no default
>>> It seems that 'tar' is missing which (I'm guessing) leads to an
>>> error in sprintf(). I've never been presented with this error
>>> before. I tried loading various other packages and received the
>>> same error. When the error first appeared, I was running R2.5.3.
>>> After upgrading to R2.8.1 the error persists.
>>> Thanks in advance for any help--
>>> Andy Rominger
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>> Andrew Rominger
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>> Stanford University
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