Re: [R] Design library installation problem

From: Uwe Ligges <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 10:24:12 +0200

Ian Watson wrote:
> 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 file from the
> 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:
> Hmisc
> Hmisc.rdx
> Hmisc.rdb
> 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?

Yes. The current version does not pass the checks under Windows. Please convince the maintainer to fix the package, and a binary will be made available shortly.

> 2) have I done the correct thing by way of manual
> installation of Design?

Not quite: If you want to install a binary package, it must fit to your OS *and* to your version of R. The file you used is for an ancient version of R (given its date!).

> 3) is the absence of 2 other Design files (rdx, rdb) the
> reason for my failed installation?

More or less, see 2.

> 4) what should I try now?

See 1 or install Design from sources. Attention: it will probably still fail its checks.

CCing to maintainer and author of Design, since the becomes a frequently asked questions (and nobody checks the mailing list archive before posting, obviously).

Uwe Ligges

> I am using R.2.5.0 on Windows XP.
> Kind regards
> Ian
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