[R-SIG-Mac] cannit get list of binary packages from the GUI

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Mar 16 13:55:13 CET 2012

On 16/03/2012 12:31, Ken knoblauch wrote:
> Federico Calboli<f.calboli<at>  imperial.ac.uk>  writes:
>> Apologies, I forgot to say, I have R 2.14.2, latest 64-bit GUI
> from http://r.research.att.com/, OS 10.7.3
>>> I just noticed the following weird issue.  If I go to the menu
> 'Packages and Data',  select 'Package
>> Installer' the installer goes up, but when I tell it to give the
> list of binaries available (I like to keep up
>> to date, and check every couple of days) the list comes up empty.
> The list for CRAN sources, and for
>> Bioconductor binaries work fine.
>>> I tried to change the mirror, but it does not make a difference.
>>> Am I the only one with the problem? what's going on?
> I second this observation.

What is going on is that 
http://cran.r-project.org/bin/macosx/leopard/contrib/2.14/ has an empty 
PACKAGES file.  Given that it hadn't been updated for a couple of weeks 
on Weds, you may just need to be patient.  But in any case, only Simon 
can fix this as only he has sufficient access to the package builder. 
So reporting to Simon is always going to be the most effective way 
forward for similar problems.

Perhaps this can encourage people to test 2.15.0 beta?  Its binary 
package repository does have a populated PACKAGES file.

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