Re: [Rd] install.packages hangs RGui with frozen rpwd process at bottom of process tree (PR#13734)

From: Ben Bolker <bolker_at_ufl.edu>
Date: Tue, 02 Jun 2009 04:51:59 -0700 (PDT)

astokes wrote:
>
> Full_Name: Allan Stokes
> Version: 2.8.1
> OS: XP
> Submission from: (NULL) (24.108.0.245)
>
>
> I've just spent a hellish six hours trying to create my own R package with
> a
> bare bones "hello world" R function inside. I was able to create a
> package.tar.gz file eventually with much perseverance.
>
> My remaining problem is that when I try to install my simple package under
> RGui,
> it hangs.
>
> install.packages("c:/testR/scupper_1.0.tar.gz", repos=NULL, type="source",
> lib="c:/allanR")
>
> The hung process tree as shown by SysInternals Process Explorer.
> [snip]
>
> I've tried this under Rtools 2.9 and then 2.8. I also updated my Cygwin
> config
> (which was pretty current).
>
> No dice.
>
> My little package contains an R function as such:
>
> `ahoy` <-
> function () { cat ("Shiver me timbers!\n")}
>
> And a DESCRIPTION file like this:
>
> Package: scupper
> Type: Package
> Title: Ship ahoy
> Version: 1.0
> Date: 2009-05-30
> Author: Allan Stokes
> Maintainer: <astokes_at_esica.com>
> Description: Responds to ahoy() greeting.
> License: internal use only
> LazyLoad: yes
>
> There are empty data, man, and test directories.
>
> I would reboot my system and try again, but I'd have to shut down 30
> programs on
> nine desktops, and I haven't got that many lives. I have been sure to
> restart
> RGui with the correct PATH env. for each test run.
>
>

  I admit that I haven't tried to build packages under Windows, but what was "hellish"? Is there a chance that you managed to build a malformed package?
Can you post your source package somewhere for others to check?

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