[R-SIG-Mac] problem installing geepack package

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Oct 25 09:23:18 CEST 2011

This is something you need to take up with the geepack maintainer (who 
is also the doBy maintainer).  I find his misuse of Depends 
ridiculous: we have Suggests and Enhances for such loose dependencies.

You can easily get snow, as a source or a binary package.

Did you update your packages?  Several packages which came with 2.13.2 
have updates available: one is Matrix.

lme4 is tied to a specific version of Matrix, and the Mac binary 
package repository for 2.13.2 has versions of Matrix (0.999375-50) and 
lme4 (0.999375-40) which do not work together for me.  But the current 
Matrix is 1.0-1 and current lme4 is 0.999375-42. So AFAIK the only 
option is to install these packages from their sources.

Simon: the binary repository on the CRAN master for 2.14.0 has not be 
updated for 4 weeks and is rather incomplete, and clearly the 2.13.2 
area needs some updates.  With 2.14.0 less than a week away, this is 
getting urgent.


On Mon, 24 Oct 2011, Kathryn Lan wrote:

> Hello,
> I am a new R-user.  I have a Mac OS.X 10.6.8.  I have downloaded R version
> 2.13.2 (2011-09-30) onto my computer and been able to use basic stats
> function.   Now I want to use the geepack package and when I try to load it
> using library(geepack), it says I have to load these dependencies.
> Apparently, some of these packages successfully loaded but some were not
> (doBy and lme4).  The doBy needs the snow package which R says I don't have,
> and I don't also have lme4 package.   I'm wondering why there's so much
> trouble trying to load this geepack.  What is the primary problem behind
> this?
> Thank you for your help.
>> library(geepack)
> Loading required package: doBy
> Loading required package: survival
> Loading required package: splines
> Loading required package: R2HTML
> Loading required package: multcomp
> Loading required package: mvtnorm
> Loading required package: lme4
> 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, ...) :
>  function 'cholmod_l_start' not provided by package 'Matrix'
> Error: package 'lme4' could not be loaded
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