[Rd] package installation order

From: Kuhn, Max <Max.Kuhn_at_pfizer.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 09:34:13 -0500

I have roughly 80 or so packages sources. These were obtained by taking a snapshot of certain CRAN packages a few months ago using


      pkgs = pckNames,
      destdir = "/home/max",
      repos = "http://cran.r-project.org"
      dependencies = c("Depends", "Imports", "Suggests"))

We need to install these versions of the packages across a few different architectures/systems (linux, solaris, 32- and 64-bit). Right now, we are constrained to version 2.5.1 (I know, I know).

Right now, I'd use

   tarList <- list.files()
   tarList <- grep(".tar.gz", tarList, fixed = TRUE, value = TRUE)    install.packages (tarList, repos = NULL)         

to install, but the package dependencies are ignored. For example, XML gets installed after other packages that depend on it.

I've looked through ?install.packages and I have tried using

   install.packages (

      tarList, repos = NULL, 
      dependencies = c("Depends", "Imports", "Suggests"))

but this did not appear to change the install ordering.

Is there a simpler way to do this rather than trial and error?



> sessionInfo()

R version 2.5.1 (2007-06-27)


attached base packages:
[1] "stats" "graphics" "grDevices" "utils" "datasets" "methods"
[7] "base"

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