Re: [Rd] robustness of install.packages/update.packages (was Re: bug in L-BFGS-B? (PR#8099))

From: Berwin A Turlach <>
Date: Mon 29 Aug 2005 - 10:46:31 GMT

G'day Brian,

>>>>> "BDR" == Prof Brian Ripley <> writes:

    BDR> We've never encountered this lying mirror problem. Indeed, that mirror is a worry, I guess that is the reason why it is not on the official mirror list.

We had the problem with install.packages/update.packages under linux too: source packages that supposedly should have been on the mirror were not and the commands just terminated with an error message instead of installing all those packages that could be found.

Unfortunately, the way we are charged for internet traffic, it is much cheaper for us to use than any other mirror. I remember that last year around this time (give or take a some months) when a new R version was released (2.0.0?) it took actually quite some time before the sources appeared on the mirror, the directory structure was mirrored, but not the files. That was when I decided to (temporarily) change mirrors.

    BDR> Perhaps you (or another user of the unreliable mirror) could     BDR> contribute suitable fixes.
I will look into this when I find some time.


        Berwin mailing list Received on Mon Aug 29 20:51:19 2005

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