Re: [Rd] warning from install.packages()

From: Ben Bolker <bolker_at_ufl.edu>
Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2010 13:45:18 -0400

Michael Dewey wrote:
> At 13:40 01/06/2010, Ben Bolker wrote:
>

>>> On 25/05/10 23:25 PM, "Ben Bolker" <bolker <at> ufl.edu> wrote:
>>>   Just curious: is there a particular reason why install.packages()
>>> gives a warning in normal use when 'lib' is not specified (e.g. argument
>>> 'lib' is missing: using '/usr/local/lib/R/site-library' )?

>
> As I see it R is saying 'I am doing what you told
> me, but just in case I am checking whether that
> was what you really wanted'. Note that you do not
> get a warning if there was only one place R could
> put it. I would certainly vote for a message if
> people are getting unnecessarily alarmed by the warning.

  But this seems so different from R's general philosophy/behavior (inherited from Unix?) that a function that gets correct input and executes without error returns silently ...



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