[R] Download advice please!

From: Ted Harding <Ted.Harding_at_nessie.mcc.ac.uk>
Date: Thu 21 Apr 2005 - 17:57:54 EST

Sorry, but I'm just an ignorant Linux user! I have a silly question.

Situation: Now that R 2.1.0 is out (Thank you, to all concerned!) I'm about to go off and download it and all the packages.

What this means in practice is trotting off to my "local"
(and brand new) Internet Cafe with some CDs, where I can
get the lot over a fast link and burn it onto a CD or two.

However, believe it or not, this is a Windows shop.

No problem about the main R 2.1.0 tar.gz file. That's a one-off. The problem arises with the packages (there are nearly 500 of them).

If I were doing this on Linux, then I'd just give 'wget' the URL of the CRAN directory where they're all stored
(no doubt with some exclusions for old stuff that I
don't want), sit back, have a coffee or two, and then make the CDs.

However, talking with the folk at the shop the other day, they didn't come up with an all-in-one operation for this, from which we concluded that it's a matter of clicking individually on each package file.

If possible, I'd prefer to avoid this.

So, Question to the Informed: Is there a Windows procedure which allows you to download everything in a directory
(sorry, folder) in one operation?

With thanks, and best wishes to all,

E-Mail: (Ted Harding) <Ted.Harding@nessie.mcc.ac.uk> Fax-to-email: +44 (0)870 094 0861
Date: 21-Apr-05                                       Time: 08:56:18
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