Re: [Rd] [R-sig-Debian] problem with update.packages (PR#13161)

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Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 02:40:05 +0200 (CEST)

On 14 October 2008 at 09:39, Simon Blomberg wrote:

| Hi, is anyone else getting this error? Could this be a bug?:
| > update.packages(ask=FALSE)
| Error in read.dcf(pkgpath, fields = fields) : 
|   Line starting 'unix; ...' is malformed!
| > sessionInfo()
| R version 2.8.0 RC (2008-10-12 r46696) 
| x86_64-pc-linux-gnu 

Confirmed in plain R using the same package built this morning from last night's tarball from Denmark: Running update.packages() yields:

> update.packages()

--- Please select a CRAN mirror for use in this session --- Loading Tcl/Tk interface ... done
Error in read.dcf(pkgpath, fields = fields) :   Line starting 'unix; ...' is malformed!

OTOH I don't have a problem running my 'update.r' script (included in littler as /usr/share/doc/littler/examples/update.r) which just downloaded / upgraded ten packages. It is equivalent to calling

> repos <- ""
> lib.loc <- "/usr/local/lib/R/site-library"
> update.packages(repos=repos, ask=FALSE, lib.loc=lib.loc)

and that sequence also works in plain R. Could someone please dig into update.packages() ?


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