[ESS] I can not use install.packages

Paul Johnson pauljohn32 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 21 22:39:54 CET 2012

On Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 3:10 AM, ben. <dev at c-optimal.com> wrote:
> this is a late answer, but in case someone else has the same problem, you can
> specify your CRAN mirror:
> ex:
> install.packages("mypkg",dependencies=TRUE,repos='http://cran.univ-lyon1.fr/')

Just to be clear, this is a flaw in Windows Emacs, which does not
appear in all versions of Emacs for windows.  I *believe* is is solved
in 24.1. It was, last time I checked. But it can still be a problem
any time you try to use a GUI chooser, not just for selecting repo

It is a case-specific fix to specify your favorite repo either in
install.packages( .., repos="http:// ...)  or to put it in .Rprofile.

To avoid this hassle, I have an Emacs init file I tell the students to use.

(if (eq system-type 'windows-nt)
    (setq use-file-dialog nil))
;; There's a problem with file selection dialogs on Windows

Put that in your init, then you never have the problem.

But I do expect it will get better and better because the ESS
developers have put a lot of work into it.


Paul E. Johnson
Professor, Political Science      Assoc. Director
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