[R] update.packages() is broken?

From: Ajay Narottam Shah <ajayshah_at_mayin.org>
Date: Fri 26 Aug 2005 - 15:37:05 EST


I am using R 2.1.1 on Apple OS X 10.3.

Earlier, I used to say

$ sudo R
> update.packages()

and all the packages used to get installed.

For several weeks, I noticed that nothing has been coming through. I used the R-for-Mac graphics console and I find that there are many packages where new versions have come out which I don't have. Is something wrong with update.packages()?

I also noticed that the CRAN Task Views function update.ctv()

> update.ctv <- function(view, force.bundles = FALSE) {

    f <- function(x) if (x[1] == view) x$packagelist$name     ctv.pkgs <- unlist( sapply( CRAN.views(), f) )     idx <- if (force.bundles) 1 else c(1,5)     installed.pkgs <- c(installed.packages()[,idx])     dnld.packages <- setdiff(ctv.pkgs, installed.pkgs)     install.packages(dnld.packages, dependencies = TRUE)     update.packages()

misbehaves, perhaps because it's internally using update.packages()?

Ajay Shah                                                   Consultant
ajayshah@mayin.org                      Department of Economic Affairs
http://www.mayin.org/ajayshah           Ministry of Finance, New Delhi

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