Re: [R] Cannot update 2.8.1 packages: unable to access index forrepository...

From: Charles Annis, P.E. <Charles.Annis_at_statisticalengineering.com>
Date: Mon, 09 Mar 2009 14:10:18 -0400

Are you using Microsoft OneCare? I had a similar problem accessing CRAN (actually setting a CRAN mirror) several weeks ago with R2.8.1 while R2.6.2 could access CRAN with no difficulties. Even running R as Administrator wouldn't work.

The problem proved to be that OneCare had asked for my permission to let R2.8.1 access the internet, but I missed the request (the window was buried elsewhere). Several days later the request again surfaced, I OKed the internet access and all the problems vanished.

Charles Annis, P.E.

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-----Original Message-----
From: r-help-bounces_at_r-project.org [mailto:r-help-bounces_at_r-project.org] On Behalf Of Marcus, Jeffrey
Sent: Monday, March 09, 2009 1:07 PM
To: r-help_at_r-project.org
Subject: [R] Cannot update 2.8.1 packages: unable to access index forrepository...

I am having trouble updating packages for R 2.8.1 in Windows XP. Note that I *am* able to update packages for R 2.7.0 (see bottom of posting) so this is not an Internet proxy problem. The steps I took were to

(a) Copy over packages from my existing (2.7.0) library subdiretory to the R 2.8.1 library subdirectory. This included a long list of packages including RODBC, rpart, RGraphViz, ggplot2 and their dependents. (b) From within Rgui, run update.packages(ask='graphics')

I tried this several times with different repositories and mirrors and each time got messages like:

Warning: unable to access index for repository http://streaming.stat.iastate.edu/CRAN/bin/windows/contrib/2.8 Warning: unable to access index for repository http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/RWin/bin/windows/contrib/2. Warning: unable to access index for repository http://www.omegahat.org/R/bin/windows/contrib/2.8 Warning: unable to access index for repository http://cran.fhcrc.org/bin/windows/contrib/2.8

Finally, I noticed that a recent R-help thread http://www.nabble.com/Installing-the-Rstem-package-td22357873.html#a22362058

Includes the following comment (excerpted) from Professor Brian Ripley

  1. There seem to be no Windows binaries on Omegahat for R > 2.7.
  2. A few are available from CRAN extras (one of the default repositories on Window), and I've added Rstem.  So please try again

         now.

Does this mean that I should update 2.8.0 libraries from zip files manually? Or is there a more convenient workaround for updating?

By the way, here is what I see with R 2.7.0

> update.packages(ask='graphics')
trying URL
'
http://streaming.stat.iastate.edu/CRAN/bin/windows/contrib/2.7/RODBC_1.2-4. zip'
Content type 'application/zip' length 195082 bytes (190 Kb) opened URL
downloaded 190 Kb

package 'RODBC' successfully unpacked and MD5 sums checked Warning: cannot remove prior installation of package 'RODBC'

The downloaded packages are in

        C:\Documents and Settings\jmarcus\Local Settings\Temp\Rtmp5QBblK\downloaded_packages updating HTML package descriptions

Thanks for any help



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