Re: [Rd] R-2.0.0 Install problem for pkg bundle w inter-dependent namespaces

From: A.J. Rossini <>
Date: Tue 21 Sep 2004 - 00:04:36 EST

I recall that we (the BioC group) ended up shying away from bundles, since there were so few successful ones in existence; hence the work put into the reposTools package (for making repositories). That might be a better approach, Greg (i.e. make a 3rd party repository, rather than a bundle, and make sure that the dependencies are not circular, which was a nasty problem for an (unreleased) while with BioC).


Martin Maechler <> writes:

>>>>>> "Greg" == Warnes, Gregory R <>
>>>>>> on Fri, 17 Sep 2004 14:18:29 -0400 writes:
> Greg> I have a revised version of the gregmisc package,
> Greg> which I've converted into a package bundle each of
> Greg> which has a namespace: gplots, gmodels, gdata,
> Greg> gtoools. Of course, there are interdependencies among
> Greg> these namespaces:
> Greg> gsun374: /tmp [11]> cd gregmisc/
> Greg> gsun374: gregmisc [12]> grep import */NAMESPACE
> Greg> gdata/NAMESPACE:importFrom(gtools, odd, invalid, mixedsort)
> Greg> gmodels/NAMESPACE:importFrom(MASS, ginv)
> Greg> gplots/NAMESPACE:importFrom(gtools, invalid)
> Greg> gplots/NAMESPACE:importFrom(gtools, odd)
> Greg> gplots/NAMESPACE:importFrom(gdata, nobs)
> since nobody else has answered yet (and a considerable portion
> of R-core is traveling this week) :
> If I understand correctly, your basic package 'gtools' and the
> dependency you need is
> gplots --> gdata --> gtools
> \----->----/
> Have you made sure to use the proper 'Depends: ' entries in
> the DESCRIPTION(.in) files of your bundle packages ?
> This works fine if the packages are *not* in a bundle, right?
> Greg> Under R-1.9.1, this package bundle passes R CMD check
> Greg> and installs happily. However, under yesterday's
> Greg> R-2.0.0-alpha, the package fails to install (& hence
> Greg> pass CMD CHECK) with the error
> Greg> ** preparing package for lazy loading
> Greg> Error in loadNamespace(i[[1]], c(lib.loc, .libPaths()), keep.source)
> Greg> :
> Greg> There is no package called 'gdata'
> Greg> Execution halted
> Greg> ERROR: lazy loading failed for package 'gplots'
> Greg> because the gdata package is the last in the bundle to
> Greg> be installed, so it is not yet present.
> Greg> So, what is the proper way to handle this? Is there
> Greg> some way to manually specify the package install order?
> Well, isn't the order in the 'Contains:' field of the bundle
> DESCRIPTION file used?
> If not, please consider sending patches for
> src/scripts/
> There are not too many bundles AFAIK, and conceptually
> (inspite of the recommended VR one) the improved package
> management tools that we (and the bioconductor project) have
> been adding to R for a while noe
> really aim for "R package objects" and clean version /
> dependency handling of inidividual packages in many different concepts.
> If bundle installation etc could rely entirely on the package
> tools, bundles would "work automagically". But probably, for
> this a bundle would have to be treated as a "package repository"
> which it isn't currently AFAIK.
> Regards,
> Martin Maechler
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