Re: [R] contriburl argument to install.packages

From: Duncan Murdoch <>
Date: Fri 16 Jul 2004 - 00:55:33 EST

On Thu, 15 Jul 2004 10:09:46 -0400, "John Fox" <> wrote :

>Dear list members,
>I can't figure out how to specify the contriburl argument to
>install.packages() properly when the packages to be installed are in a
>directory on my local machine. I have in mind a command something like
> install.packages(missing.packages, contriburl=directory,
>Where missing.packages is a character vector of package names (without
>versions) and directory is the location where they reside (less PACKAGES, I
>guess). I'm using R version 1.9.1 on a Windows XP machine. Several
>variations on directory <- "file:c:/temp" don't seem to work.
>Any help would be appreciated.

You need a file called PACKAGES in the same directory as the packages, which contains the package information; for example

I imagine the CRAN maintainers have scripts to produce this from the package files, but I'm not sure where they are.

To refer to a local version of this file, use the syntax you had, e.g.


will look for c:/temp/PACKAGES and display the information in it.

If you don't want to maintain this file, then you can construct the information in it using the "available=" argument to the package functions.

Duncan mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide! Received on Fri Jul 16 01:07:35 2004

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