Re: [R] Updating Packages with Personal Library

From: Alan Lue <alan.lue_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 2008 02:46:43 -0800

Test.

On Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 2:40 AM, Alan Lue <alan.lue_at_gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm having trouble running `updates.packages()' and installing into a
> personal library.
>
> Setup:
> 1. .Renviron file contains: R_LIBS_USER="~/lib/R/%p-library/%v"
> 2. Hence "personal library" is: ~/lib/R/i486-pc-linux-gnu-library/2.6/
> 3. Library path upon starting R:
>
> > .libPaths()
> [1] "/home/johnny/lib/R/i486-pc-linux-gnu-library/2.6"
> [2] "/usr/local/lib/R/site-library"
> [3] "/usr/lib/R/site-library"
> [4] "/usr/lib/R/library"
>
> That's the setup. The problem is that `update.packages()' does not
> consider packages in my personal library when determining what to update.
> To elaborate:
>
> Here's some output when I update packages:
>
> > update.packages(instlib=.libPaths()[1])
> KernSmooth :
> Version 2.22-21 installed in /usr/lib/R/library
> Version 2.22-22 available at http://cran.cnr.Berkeley.edu
> Update (y/N/c)?
> ...
>
> I answer "yes" to everything, and the update succeeds; updated packages are
> installed into my personal library,
> `~/lib/R/i486-pc-linux-gnu-library/2.6/'. But if I run the package update
> command again, immediately after having just run it, I get the exact same
> output:
>
> > update.packages(instlib=.libPaths()[1])
> KernSmooth :
> Version 2.22-21 installed in /usr/lib/R/library
> Version 2.22-22 available at http://cran.cnr.Berkeley.edu
> Update (y/N/c)?
>
> R looked in `/usr/lib/R/library', saw that there was a package that needed
> updating, and neglected the fact that the updated package was already in my
> personal library.
>
> How can I get R to check packages in my personal library while determining
> what to update?
>
> Alan
>

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