Re: [Rd] [R-sig-Debian] problem with update.packages (PR#13161)

From: Peter Dalgaard <p.dalgaard_at_biostat.ku.dk>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 09:40:24 +0200

edd_at_debian.org wrote:
> On 14 October 2008 at 09:39, Simon Blomberg wrote:
> | Hi, is anyone else getting this error? Could this be a bug?:
> |
> | > update.packages(ask=FALSE)
> | Error in read.dcf(pkgpath, fields = fields) :
> | Line starting 'unix; ...' is malformed!
> |
> | > sessionInfo()
> | R version 2.8.0 RC (2008-10-12 r46696)
> | x86_64-pc-linux-gnu
>
> Confirmed in plain R using the same package built this morning from last
> night's tarball from Denmark: Running update.packages() yields:
>

>> update.packages()

> --- Please select a CRAN mirror for use in this session ---
> Loading Tcl/Tk interface ... done
> Error in read.dcf(pkgpath, fields = fields) :
> Line starting 'unix; ...' is malformed!
>
>
> OTOH I don't have a problem running my 'update.r' script (included in littler as
> /usr/share/doc/littler/examples/update.r) which just downloaded / upgraded
> ten packages. It is equivalent to calling
>
>> repos <- "http://cran.r-project.org"
>> lib.loc <- "/usr/local/lib/R/site-library"
>> update.packages(repos=repos, ask=FALSE, lib.loc=lib.loc)

>
> and that sequence also works in plain R. Could someone please dig into
> update.packages() ?
>
> Dirk
>

Hmm, some of us are wary of running update.packages() in non-production versions. Is the problem perhaps originating in getCRANmirors() or chooseCRANmirror()?

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