[R] solution: package install probs. win-xp. file move

From: Sean O'Riordain <sean.oriordain_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue 09 Aug 2005 - 23:26:40 EST


Hi,

This is just an FYI documenting a conflict between R and Google-Desktop. The solution was to click on the Google-Desktop icon in the systray and click on "Pause Indexing". I also temporarily suspended anti-virus scanning before successfully install.packages("VR") many times without getting an error message.

I was getting an intermittant failure when I tried to install a package or update a package under Win-XP-Pro-sp2.

There is 5gb of free space on the drive and I'm an admistrator on this machine and most times (but not every time) I tried to upgrade.packages() or install.packages() I got the following error message "unable to move temporary installation" message.

It appears to be a file-locking issue with the Google-Desktop search - ie. during the few seconds that install.packages() creates a fileNNNN directory tree, google-desktop starts reading these files and then prevents this tree from being moved to its correct place under \library

cheers,
Sean


Version 2.1.1 (2005-06-20), ISBN 3-900051-07-0

I installed todays 2.2.0-pre and I get exactly the same thing. The first time I did it, no problem; I exit out of R-2.2.0-pre (and 2.1.1) and go back into 2.2.0-pre and type 'install.packages("VR")' and I get the "unable to move temporary installation".

I've searched the archives and the web for the phrase "unable to move temporary installation"; I've looked for similar bugs at r-bugs and I found nothing.

Clearly something to do with file locking on windows - possibly anti-virus?

cheers,
Sean


e.g.
> install.packages("VR")

--- Please select a CRAN mirror for use in this session --- trying URL 'http://cran.uk.r-project.org/bin/windows/contrib/2.1/VR_7.2-17.zip' Content type 'application/zip' length 1570833 bytes opened URL
downloaded 1534Kb

bundle 'VR' successfully unpacked and MD5 sums checked

The downloaded packages are in

        C:\Documents and Settings\soriorda\Local Settings\Temp\Rtmp9355\downloaded_packages updating HTML package descriptions
Warning message:
unable to move temporary installation 'C:\Program Files\R\rw2011\library\file11565\MASS' to 'C:\PROGRA~1\R\rw2011\library\MASS'  



R : Copyright 2005, The R Foundation for Statistical Computing Version 2.2.0 Under development (unstable) (2005-08-04 r35153M)

> install.packages("VR")

--- Please select a CRAN mirror for use in this session --- trying URL 'http://cran.uk.r-project.org/bin/windows/contrib/2.2/VR_7.2-17.zip' Content type 'application/zip' length 1570833 bytes opened URL
downloaded 1534Kb

bundle 'VR' successfully unpacked and MD5 sums checked

The downloaded packages are in

        C:\Documents and Settings\soriorda\Local Settings\Temp\Rtmp10612\downloaded_packages updating HTML package descriptions
Warning message:
unable to move temporary installation 'C:\Program Files\R\R-2.2.0dev\library\file17748\MASS' to 'C:\PROGRA~1\R\R-22~1.0DE\library\MASS'



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