Re: [Rd] Changed behaviour of 'R CMD INSTALL'

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 15:16:48 +0000

On 11/01/2012 14:00, Berwin A Turlach wrote:
> G'day Simon,
> On Wed, 11 Jan 2012 08:53:27 -0500
> Simon Urbanek<> wrote:
>> try --no-multiarch
> Thanks, works perfectly.
> And now I notice that this option is given as an example in the help
> file for install.packages() as a possible value that one wants to pass
> to 'R CMD INSTALL'. Could kick myself. Well, it is always easier to
> find something when one knows what one is looking for... :)

There are good reasons for the change in logic. Far too often people have installed packages that actually only work for one architecture, and then distributed them as binary packages. Most of us really do want to know if the package works at the end of INSTALL. So it seemed a lot safer that you need to actually say that you intended to install only one architecture.

And BTW, test-loading has saved me many times blowing away a working package for one that does not work, so it has been far more useful than I anticipated when I added it.

Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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