[R] install.packages for local zip files

From: Daniel Gatti <dmgatti_at_mindspring.com>
Date: Mon 17 Jul 2006 - 07:08:27 EST

O/S: Linux
R version : 2.2.1

The R server doesn't have http internet access. And the sys admins will not install the R libraries that I requested. So I have downloaded the packages that I want to intall and have moved them into my home directory on the server. These are a series of *.tar.gz files. I want to install the R libraries in my home directory, but I can't get it to work. According to the install.packages documentation :

install.packages(pkgs, lib, repos = getOption("repos"), contriburl = contrib.url(repos, type), method, available = NULL, destdir = NULL, installWithVers = FALSE, dependencies = FALSE, type = getOption("pkgType"))

repos: character vector, the base URL(s) of the repositories to use,

       i.e., .... Can be 'NULL' to install from local '.tar.gz' files.

contriburl: URL(s) of the contrib section of the repositories. ......

       Can be 'NULL' to install from local '.tar.gz' files.

 pkgs: character vector of the short names of packages/bundles whose

          current versions should be downloaded from the repositories.
          If 'repos = NULL', a character vector of file paths of
          '.tar.gz' files.  These can be source archives or binary
          package/bundle archive files (as created by 'R CMD build
          --binary'). ......

 lib: character vector giving the library directories where to install the packages. Recycled as needed.

So I have issued a command like this:

> install.packages(pkgs="~/Rdownloads/hgug4112a_1.12.0.tar.gz", lib =
"~/Rlib", repos=NULL, contriburl=NULL)

Warning in download.packages(pkgs, destdir = tmpd, available = available, :

         no package '~/Rdownloads/hgug4112a_1.12.0.tar.gz' at the repositories

As far as I can tell, I've given it the full path to the zip file, the directory in which to install the library and I've set the repository path to 'NULL' to indicate that I'm installing from an already downloaded zip file. But I'm missing something. Any ideas?


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