Re: [Rd] Have download.packages consider non-CRAN repositories

From: Duncan Murdoch <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:05:15 -0400

On 12-06-21 5:58 AM, Ingmar Schuster wrote:
> Hi List,
> I've set up a CRAN-like repository (not a CRAN mirror) on the local
> filesystem (this will change to http in the future). R has been told
> about this repository using the following entry in
> R_HOME/etc/repositories:
> PMR2 PMR2 file:///Users/arbeit/Documents/clarin/Open_Science/PMR2/
> Now I expected download.packages(), install.packages() etc. to look
> for packages in "/Users/arbeit/Documents/clarin/Open_Science/PMR2/"
> without passing them repos="file:///Users/..." as an option. That
> doesn't happen and I'm not completely sure why. Did I misinterpret the
> role of R_HOME/etc/repositories or is it possible I made a mistake?
> A related question is this: my PMR2 repo provides source packages
> only. Is there a way to tell a lokal R installation to look for source
> packages _only_ for this specific repo and use binary packages for
> Thanks a lot
> Ingmar

You need to set the "repos" option to change the default repository. The setRepositories() function does that using the file you edited.

Duncan Murdoch mailing list Received on Thu 21 Jun 2012 - 12:07:20 GMT

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