Re: [Rd] RFC install.packages() changes

From: Gabor Grothendieck <>
Date: Mon 08 Nov 2004 - 06:03:44 EST

Gabor Grothendieck <ggrothendieck <at>> writes:

: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley <at>> writes:
: : install/update.packages() in R-devel has been enhanced in a few ways,
: : notably to handle multiple repositories, and to allow packages to be
: : reinstalled under the current version of R.
: The change to updating that I would like would be to check before
: downloading whether the package is open. Right now using the
: update menu item in Windows it checks afterwards
: and if its open fails which means that one has to do the download all
: over again. If it failed before downloading it would save some
: wasted downloads.

While we are on this topic, when I choose Update from the Windows menu recently on R 2.0.0 on XP I get the following which I have never seen before. I am just ignoring these warning messages but am not sure if I should take notice.

R> update.packages()
trying URL `' Content type `text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1' length 22605 bytes opened URL
downloaded 22Kb

Warning messages:
1: DESCRIPTION file of package 'file2540' missing or broken  in: packageDescription(p, lib = lib, fields = pkgFlds) 2: number of columns of result

        not a multiple of vector length (arg 2) in: rbind(retval, c(p, lib, desc)) mailing list Received on Mon Nov 08 06:10:54 2004

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