[Rd] Non-administrator can't install packages (PR#9848)

From: <russell-lenth_at_uiowa.edu>
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2007 20:27:31 +0200 (CEST)

Full_Name: Russ Lenth
Version: 1.5.1
OS: Windows XP Pro
Submission from: (NULL) (

I run a Windows system on which I do not have administrator rights. I am unable to install R packages, even in a location that I have access to. I get a message that it can't write to the specified directory. I know I WAS able to do this last April (version 1.4.1??) on the same system -- I have several installed packages to show for it.

Some R session excerpts are below. I have tried the same things on my laptop, with no problems; thus, I think this bug is related to my not having Administrator rights.

By the way, in each call to install.packages(), I get an offer to create a new library directory, even though I have specified one explicitly in the "lib" argument. That seems like a bug too.

My current workaround is to just download and unzip the file to that directory, with R not running. That seems to work, but I'm not sure everything gets set up properly that way.

R> install.packages( "odfWeave", lib="h:/pkg/R/library") Warning in install.packages("d:/downloads/odfWeave_0.5.9.zip", lib = "h:/pkg/R/library") :

         'lib = "h:/pkg/R/library"' is not writable Error in install.packages("d:/downloads/odfWeave_0.5.9.zip", lib = "h:/pkg/R/library") :

        unable to install packages

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