Re: [Rd] MacOS X: update.packages(type="mac.binary") fails (PR#7831)

From: <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Tue 03 May 2005 - 15:15:08 GMT


Binary installs are AFAIK only supported in the GUI, where the default is as documented. So .install.macbinary() is not loaded except in the GUI.

The reason is that those binaries are tied to that particular build of R, and will not work with a general build on MacOS X.

I would expect this to work from the command-line in the GUI console, and had believed it had been tested there.

On Tue, 3 May 2005 jari.oksanen@oulu.fi wrote:

> Full_Name: Jari Oksanen
> Version: R 2.1.0
> OS: MacOS 10.3.9
> Submission from: (NULL) (130.231.102.145)
>
>
> For various reasons (which need not be expanded here) I have tried to update my
> long neglected R in MacOS X using handy command line tool update.packages()
> using readily available binaries of contributed packages at CRAN. However, this
> fails with message saying that packages xxxx_*_tar.gz is not found at the server
> (HTTP error 404). Obviously, the package name is expanded wrongly as the binary
> packages for MacOS X have type *.tgz. However, this seems not be the problem,
> but there are two other problems:
>
> 1. update.packages does not transfer the value of 'type' to the next function
> install.packages, but install.packages uses the value of getOption("pkgType")
> which seems to be "source" in CRAN binary of MacOS X (contrary to documentation
> at ?options).
>
> 2. If this is corrected, or first set options(pkgType="mac.binary"), the update
> fails for missing function .install.macbinary().
>
> The first problem is easy to correct:
>
> --- update.packages.R 2005-05-03 17:13:36.000000000 +0300
> +++ jarioksa.update.packages.R 2005-05-03 17:13:58.000000000 +0300
> @@ -59,5 +59,5 @@
> install.packages(update[, "Package"], instlib, contriburl =
> contriburl,
> method = method, available = available, destdir = destdir,
> - installWithVers = installWithVers, type)
> + installWithVers = installWithVers, type = type)
> }
> }
>
>
> For the second, problem, I don't know what to do. grepping
> R-patched_2005-05-03.tar.gz source found only one instance of
> .install.macbinary(): the failed call in
> R-patched/src/library/utils/R/packages2.R. I couldn't find the definition of the
> function.
>
> Do I really have to use GUI? Uh.
>
> cheers, jari oksanen
>
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