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

Simon Urbanek simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Sat Mar 17 00:21:57 CET 2012

On Mar 16, 2012, at 8:55 AM, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:

> 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.

Hmm... it's not empty on the master machine -- use http://r.research.att.com as the mirror - it should work ...

Few days ago the build machine has lost network connectivity due to a faulty ethernet cable, so maybe it has thrown off mirroring, that's the closest I can get to an explanation...

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

Yes, we can't stress is often enough that we need people to test betas, reporting bugs after the release is too late!


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