[BioC] Installing Bioconductor Packages

Park-Ng, Zaneta Zaneta.Park-Ng at agresearch.co.nz
Wed May 16 23:49:21 CEST 2007

Hi Pia,

We had the same problem at my workplace, and for us it was indeed a
firewall issue.  To get around it, we had to first find out the name of
our workplace's proxy server, and then get R to connect to this.  From
here R could then access external websites :-)

To get R to connect to the proxy server, you just need to run the


A wee window may then pop up whereby you need to enter your username and
password if that's what you usually need to do to login, and then once
you've done this, you should be able to run the source line


Hopefully this does the trick for you?


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[mailto:bioconductor-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Pia Sappl
Sent: Wednesday, 16 May 2007 2:46 p.m.
To: bioconductor at stat.math.ethz.ch
Subject: [BioC] Installing Bioconductor Packages


I have installed R on OS 10.4.9 and have been trying to install the
BioConductor packages without success.  

when I try to access the packages i get the following error:

> source("http://bioconductor.org/biocLite.R")
Error in file(file, "r", encoding = encoding) : 
	unable to open connection
In addition: Warning message:
unable to connect to 'bioconductor.org' on port 80.

Is there an easy way to overcome this problem?
I have looked at the posts and it seems to be a firewall issue? but I
couldn't solve it.


Dr Pia Sappl
Monash University
Pia Sappl

School of Biological Sciences 
Monash University
Victoria 3800

Phone: +61 3 9902 0053
Fax: +61 3 9905 5613

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