Re: [Rd] R CMD install: problem quoting spaces when calling gzip?

From: jochen laubrock <jochen.laubrock_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 13:24:57 +0100

Yes, that worked, thanks a lot! Looking forward to the 2.11.0 release.

> install.packages("~/Projects/R Library/potsdam/eyetrackR/eyetrackR_0.13.tar.gz", repos = NULL, type = "source")

* installing *source* package ‘eyetrackR’ ...
** R
** data
** demo
** preparing package for lazy loading
** help
*** installing help indices
** building package indices ...
** testing if installed package can be loaded
* DONE (eyetrackR)

> library(eyetrackR)

> sessionInfo()
R version 2.11.0 alpha (2010-03-26 r51420) x86_64-apple-darwin10.2.0

locale:
[1] de_DE.UTF-8/de_DE.UTF-8/C/C/de_DE.UTF-8/de_DE.UTF-8

attached base packages:
[1] stats graphics grDevices utils datasets methods base

btw, this is probably known, but ... the gfortran in /usr/bin (gcc version 4.2.1 (Apple Inc. build 5646)) did not work (complaining about /usr/lib/libgfortran.dylib, missing required architecture x86_64), but a different gfortran located in /usr/local/bin did (gcc version 4.2.3, probably from Simon Urbanek's page)

On Mar 26, 2010, at 11:51 , Prof Brian Ripley wrote:

> So please try 2.11.0 alpha, as I believe this is already fixed (not least, gzip is not called on that platform).  Also, I suspect setting the envir variable TAR to 'internal' would work on 2.10.1 (but my Mac is at home).
> 
> Another thing that does not work with spaces in file names is command-line completion of filenames (in R, I did not try R.app).  If spaces in filenames work (other than on Windows) it is somewhat accidental.  Reports of instances where they do not, with patches against current sources, would be considered but as low priority.
> 
> BTW, 'install' works on case-insensitive file systems, but it is likely to stop working at any time: as on Windows, 'R CMD' is being moved away from Perl/sh scripts to direct use of R.
> 
> On Fri, 26 Mar 2010, jochen laubrock wrote:
> 

>> I am sorry, this was from 2.10.1 on Mac OS X 10.6, so it might be Mac-specific.
> 
> I did try it on a Mac, but I did not try 2.10.1, since the 'upgrade before posting' request in the posting guide did apply, and we are busy enough with 2.11.0 alpha.
> 
> The behavior is reproducible both from the shell and the GUI version of R (sessionInfo output below). It does not seem to depend on the particular package: it can be reproduced by downloading an archive of a package from CRAN to a path containing spaces and calling

>> install.packages("path/with spaces/downloadedPackage.tar.gz", repos = NULL, type = "source"):
>>
>>> print(dl <- download.packages("gam", destdir="~/Projects/R library/tmp"))

>> [...] downloaded 300 Kb
>> [,1] [,2]
>> [1,] "gam" "~/Projects/R library/tmp/gam_1.01.tgz"
>>> install.packages(dl[,2], repos = NULL, type = "source")

>> [...]
>> gzip: /Users/jochen/Projects/R.gz: No such file or directory
>> gzip: library/tmp/gam_1.01.tgz: No such file or directory
>> ERROR: cannot extract package from ‘/Users/jochen/Projects/R library/tmp/gam_1.01.tgz’
>>
>> # /usr/bin/R
>>> sessionInfo()

>> R version 2.10.1 (2009-12-14)
>> x86_64-apple-darwin9.8.0
>>
>> locale:
>> [1] de_DE.UTF-8/de_DE.UTF-8/C/C/de_DE.UTF-8/de_DE.UTF-8
>>
>> attached base packages:
>> [1] stats graphics grDevices utils datasets methods base
>>
>> # R.app (RAqua)
>>> sessionInfo()

>> R version 2.10.1 (2009-12-14)
>> i386-apple-darwin9.8.0
>>
>> locale:
>> [1] en_US.UTF-8/en_US.UTF-8/C/C/en_US.UTF-8/en_US.UTF-8
>>
>> attached base packages:
>> [1] stats graphics grDevices utils datasets methods base
>>
>>
>>
>> On Mar 26, 2010, at 10:19 , Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
>>
>>> You haven't told us your version of R (nor any of the other information requested in the posting guide).  As far as I can see this works in 2.11.0 alpha.
> 

>> Does that mean that it has been re-designed to work with paths containing spaces on Unix-alikes?
> 
> No.  It is an unintentional side-effect of
> 
>    o   R CMD INSTALL now uses the internal untar() in package utils:
>        this ensures that all platforms can install bzip2- and
>        xz-compressed tarballs.
> 
>>> 
>>> On Fri, 26 Mar 2010, jochen laubrock wrote:
>>> 
>>>> There appears to be a quoting problem in the way R CMD install handles file names containing spaces, more specifically, in the way the argument is passed through to gzip.
>>>> 
>>>> The install.packages command
>>>> 
>>>> (from R)
>>>> install.packages("~/Projects/R library/bar/eyetrackR_0.13.tar.gz", repos = NULL, type = "source")
>>>> 
>>>> expands to
>>>> 
>>>> system("R_LIBS='/Users/foo/Library/R/2.10/library' "/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/bin/R CMD INSTALL -l '/Users/foo/Library/R/2.10/library'   '/Users/foo/Projects/R\ library/bar/eyetrackR_0.13.tar.gz'")
>>> 
>>> So that is fine.
>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> and gives the same error messages as the following commands from Terminal.app on Mac OS X
>>>> 
>>>> (from bash)
>>>> R CMD install /Users/foo/Projects/R\ library/bar/eyetrackR_0.13.tar.gz
>>>> R CMD install "~/Projects/R library/bar/eyetrackR_0.13.tar.gz"
>>>> R CMD install '~/Projects/R library/bar/eyetrackR_0.13.tar.gz'
>>> 
>>> the documented command is INSTALL.

>> sorry
>>> 
>>>> , namely (the error messages):
>>>> 
>>>> gzip: /Users/foo/Projects/R.gz: No such file or directory
>>>> gzip: library/bar/eyetrackR_0.13.tar.gz: No such file or directory
>>> 
>>> Yes, and INSTALL is not designed to work with paths with spaces in on Unix-alikes.
>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> The following commands do work
>>>> 
>>>> (from R)
>>>> setwd("~/Projects/R library/bar/")
>>>> install.packages("eyetrackR_0.13.tar.gz", repos = NULL, type = "source")
>>>> 
>>>> (from bash)
>>>> cd ~/Projects/R\ library/bar/
>>>> R CMD install eyetrackR_0.13.tar.gz
>>>> 
>>>> Interestingly, if the file is unpacked on the command line (tar xzvf), then both R CMD install and install.packages work fine using the quoted path name syntax, i.e.,
>>>> 
>>>> R CMD install /Users/foo/Projects/R\ library/bar/eyetrackR
>>>> install.packages("~/Projects/R library/bar/eyetrackR", repos = NULL, type = "source")
>>>> 
>>>> Is this a known problem?
>>> 
>>> It is a known restriction.
>>> 
>>>> I searched the archives, but did not find a decisive answer (only
>>> some rather old posts suggesting not to use path names containing spaces--unfortunately this is not an option in the managed Windows environment I need to work in next week).
>>>> 
>>>> Sorry for the long post and thanks for your time,
>>>> Jochen
>>>> 
>>>> ----
>>>> Jochen Laubrock, Dept. of Psychology, University of Potsdam,
>>>> Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25, 14476 Potsdam, Germany
>>>> phone: +49-331-977-2346, fax: +49-331-977-2793
>>>> 
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>>> 
>>> --
>>> Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk
>>> Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
>>> University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
>>> 1 South Parks Road,                     +44 1865 272866 (PA)
>>> Oxford OX1 3TG, UK                Fax:  +44 1865 272595

>>
>>
> 
> -- 
> Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk
> Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
> University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
> 1 South Parks Road,                     +44 1865 272866 (PA)
> Oxford OX1 3TG, UK                Fax:  +44 1865 272595



Jochen Laubrock, Dept. of Psychology, University of Potsdam, Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25, 14476 Potsdam, Germany phone: +49-331-977-2346, fax: +49-331-977-2793

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