Re: [R] Can one get a list of recommended packages?

From: Douglas Bates <bates_at_stat.wisc.edu>
Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2010 11:27:45 -0500

On Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 8:37 AM, Dr. David Kirkby <david.kirkby_at_onetel.net> wrote:
> R 2.10.1 is used in the Sage maths project. Several recommended packages
> (Matrix, class, mgcv, nnet, rpart, spatial, and survival) are failing to
> build on Solaris 10 (SPARC).

Have you checked the dependencies for those packages? Some require GNU make.

> We would like to be able to get a list of the recommended packages for R
> 2.10.1, but ideally via a call to R, so it is not necessary to update that
> list every time a new version of R is released. We do not want to access the
> Internet to get this information.

> Is there a way in R to list the recommended packages?

I'm not sure I understand the logic of this. If you are going to build R then presumably you have the tar.gz file which contains the sources for the recommended packages in the subdirectory src/library/Recommended/. Why not get the list from there?

$ cd ~/src/R-devel/src/library/Recommended/ $ ls *.tgz

boot.tgz     codetools.tgz   lattice.tgz  mgcv.tgz  rpart.tgz
class.tgz    foreign.tgz     MASS.tgz     nlme.tgz  spatial.tgz
cluster.tgz  KernSmooth.tgz  Matrix.tgz   nnet.tgz  survival.tgz

> Better still, is there a way to list the recommended packages which have not
> been installed, so getting a list of any failures?

Again, this seems to be a rather convoluted approach. Why not check why the packages don't install properly?



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