[R] Internet Problem in R

From: Elizabeth Purdom <epurdom_at_stanford.edu>
Date: Fri 30 Jun 2006 - 03:27:45 EST


I have a student who's R seems to be unable to connect to the internet. I have verified that her computer has internet access that's working fine, but that R is not able to establish connections. For example, she cannot download packages for R from the URL site, cannot source webpages, or read.table from a webpage (all of these give errors of not being able to establish a connection). Right now I have shown her how to manually download the zip file for the package and install it from the local file, but she wants Bioconductor -- the instructions for which seem to require the usual internet access. Does anyone have any troubleshooting suggestions? (I've never had problems with the internet interface with R, so I don't even know where to start to try to fix it or even diagnose the problem). Could a firewall have this effect? Wireless?

Her computer is running version R.2.3.1, on a Windows XP.

Elizabeth Purdom

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