Re: R-0.90.0 untar

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Subject: Re: R-0.90.0 untar
From: Peter Dalgaard BSA (
Date: Tue 23 Nov 1999 - 02:47:41 EST

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Paul Gilbert <> writes:

> I had a couple of problems getting R 0.90.0. In case anyone has
> similar problems, I though I would mention them.
> 1/ I can't use "ftp" from either home or work. The ftp
> service does not seem to be available. Perhaps this is intended. I only
> discovered it because I thought the file I got through Netscape might be
> corrupted. (I don't understand why Netscape ftp://... should work but
> anonymous ftp does not.)

Works from here. The machine doesn't like you to login using 'guest'
but insists on 'anonymous', though. Also, tcp-wrappers may get you if
you login from a system with no valid DNS entry.
> 2/ From Netscape (Linux) with
> or
> I get a file which gunzips ok. Also tar -xf in /tmp or when signed
> onto my file server works. However, if I try to untar on a workstation
> in a directory mounted from the file server, it fails with lots of
> messages about "Error while closing: Operation not permitted." I suspect
> this may be a peculiar combination of user/group ownerships (perhaps not
> all with the same ids on my workstation and server), but I have never
> had the problem before (not even with R-devel from a few days ago).

???? I see it too. There's an S bit set in the tar file for those files
that won't install. But what the %/&%/ is it doing there? I'll have a
look. Presumably, that's a permission change which requires setuid
root to set, and the file system is mounted w/o root permission.

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