[R] Design library installation problem

From: Ian Watson <ian.watson_at_mq.edu.au>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 14:47:50 -0700

Dear Listers

I have tried to install Frank Harrell's two libaries: Hmisc and Design.

I found that Hmisc was listed in the list of packages from the Install Packages command on the Packages menu, but Design was not. I installed Hmisc from this list, and when I   issued the library(Hmisc) command, it loaded into memory correctly.

I then copied the Design 1.1-1.zip file from the http://lib.stat.cmu.edu/S/Harrell/library/r/ site and used the Install Packages from Local Zip file command.

I received no error messages and a visual inspection of the R\library directory shows Design has been installed.

However, when I issued the library(Design) command I get the following error message:

Error in library(Design) : 'Design' is not a valid package -- installed < 2.0.0?

I also notice, from a visual inspection of the R\library\Design\R directory that there is only one file: design. In other directories, eg. R\library\Hmisc\R there are usually 3 files:

I am new to R, and a bit lost. I have read the R-admin.pdf documentation on packages but am still unsure how to proceed from here.

I would appreciate any advice, and any answers to the following questions:

  1. is there a reason why Design is not listed in the Install Packages list as Hmisc is?
  2. have I done the correct thing by way of manual installation of Design?
  3. is the absence of 2 other Design files (rdx, rdb) the reason for my failed installation?
  4. what should I try now?

I am using R.2.5.0 on Windows XP.

Kind regards

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