[R-SIG-Mac] arules installation

R. Michael Weylandt <michael.weylandt@gmail.com> michael.weylandt at gmail.com
Wed Dec 7 14:36:25 CET 2011

You need a C compiler: the usual recommendation is XCode which you can get off your OS X install DVD or download from Apple Developer pages. 

Out of curiosity, how did you download the first time? I can still get 2.13.x packages from CRAN though I haven't tried with arules specifically. 


On Dec 7, 2011, at 6:05 AM, Thomas Chesney <Thomas.Chesney at nottingham.ac.uk> wrote:

> I sent the following and got the following reply to the R-Help, and then was told I should have sent it here.
> On 07.12.2011 10:54, Thomas Chesney wrote:
>>  I'm using R version 2.13.0 (2011-04-13) on Mac OS X and I get the following error message with library(arules):
>> Loading required package: Matrix
>> Loading required package: lattice
>> Attaching package: 'Matrix'
>> The following object(s) are masked from 'package:base':
>>     det
>> Error in dyn.load(file, DLLpath = DLLpath, ...) :
>>   unable to load shared object '/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Versions/2.13/Resources/library/arules/libs/i386/arules.so':
>>   dlopen(/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Versions/2.13/Resources/library/arules/libs/i386/arules.so, 6): Library not loaded: /Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Versions/2.14/Resources/lib/libR.dylib
>>   Referenced from: /Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Versions/2.13/Resources/library/arules/libs/i386/arules.so
>>   Reason: image not found
>> In addition: Warning message:
>> package 'arules' was built under R version 2.14.0
>> Error: package/namespace load failed for 'arules'
> Install an arules binary that was built for your version of R (reather 
> than a later one) or install from sources.
> Uwe Ligges
>> The arules CRAN page says: Depends:   R (≥ 2.11.0), stats, methods, Matrix (≥ 0.999375-38), all of which I have - anyone know what the problem is? I'm really relunctant to update R as its Package Installer is blocked somehow by our Firewall and updating all the packages I use is a major hassle.
>> Thank you (as always!)
>> Thomas
>> PS on a related note, are the package installer port settings available somewhere and I'll send them to IT, ask them to unblock it?
> -------------------------------------
> I tried installing from source as Prof Ligges suggested (as explained here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1474081/how-do-i-install-an-r-package-from-source) but got the following error:
> install.packages("/Users/thomas/Documents/arules_1.0-7.tar.gz", repos=NULL, type="source")
> * installing *source* package ‘arules’ ...
> ** libs
> *** arch - i386
> sh: make: command not found
> ERROR: compilation failed for package ‘arules’
> * removing ‘/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Versions/2.13/Resources/library/arules’
> Warning message:
> In install.packages("/Users/thomas/Documents/arules_1.0-7.tar.gz",  :
>  installation of package '/Users/thomas/Documents/arules_1.0-7.tar.gz' had non-zero exit status
> Why would installing from source make any difference? Prof Ripley suggested I use arules for R.13.0, which I would if I could find it.
> Has anyone got any advice?
> Thank you,
> Thomas
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