Re: [Rd] Error on Windows installing package to non-default library

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Wed 02 Mar 2005 - 16:54:47 GMT

You can't please everyone all the time, and in this case you cannot just make the substitution as

  1. some parts of Windows demand \
  2. \ is a trail byte in some Japanese characters.

Why don't you just ensure that you don't use such paths for .libPaths()?

On Wed, 2 Mar 2005, Seth Falcon wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I'm seeing an error on Windows when I try to install a package to a package
> library path that starts with a digit. I can reproduce the error as follows
> using R-devel from Feb 24 on Windows advanced server:
>
> badLib = "c:\\badExample\\2\\foo"
> dir.create(badLib, recursive=TRUE)
> z = .libPaths()
> z = .libPaths(c(badLib, z))
> z
> [1] "c:\\badExample\\2\\foo" "C:/falcon/sw/rw2010dev/library"
>
> pkg = "c:\\falcon\\abind_1.1-0.zip"
> install.packages(pkg, repos=NULL, lib=badLib)
> package 'abind' successfully unpacked and MD5 sums checked
> updating HTML package descriptions
> Error in gsub("^URL: ../../../library", lib0, readLines(cfile)) :
> invalid backreference 2 in regular expression
>
> After looking at src/library/utils/R/windows/linkhtml.R, it seems the error
> is that the "\\2" part of the path is interpreted by gsub as a back
> reference.
>
> Changing "\\" to "/" in the library path fixes this issue:
>
>> okLib = chartr("\\", "/", badLib)
>> z = .libPaths(okLib)
>> z
> [1] "c:/badExample/2/foo" "C:/falcon/sw/rw2010dev/library"
>> install.packages(pkg, repos=NULL, lib=okLib)
> package 'abind' successfully unpacked and MD5 sums checked
> updating HTML package descriptions
>
> So adding a call to chartr inside make.search.html would seem to be an
> improvement (i.e, it looks good from here, but I haven't tested and
> don't know if there are reasons why this would be a bad idea). OTOH,
> maybe this should have already happened in the call to .libPaths()?
>
> This came up because on the Windows server I'm using, tempdir() contains a
> directory names "2" as part of the path --- and I want to be able to install
> package to temporary package libraries for testing purposes.
>
> + seth
>
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