[Rd] dealing with package bundles (was RE: [R] Gregmisc)

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Mar 10 18:55:09 CET 2005

On Thu, 10 Mar 2005, Marc Schwartz wrote:

> On Thu, 2005-03-10 at 16:27 +0000, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
>> On Thu, 10 Mar 2005, Liaw, Andy wrote:
>>> One problem that I can see is that it seems like once a package bundle is
>>> installed, R basically has no knowledge that the packages belong to one
>>> bundle, other than the fact that the DESCRIPTION files of the packages have
>>> entries that indicate that they are part of a bundle.  Are there ways to
>>> figure out such information other than checking packageDescription() of all
>>> installed packages?
>> No.
>> As from 2.1.0, install.packages() will install a bundle given the name of
>> a package it contains (at least if the repositories supply the
>> information), so there will be little need for users to know about
>> bundles.
> This is likely to be considered a kludgy approach, but one way of
> linking packages to bundles with a more global approach (as opposed to
> one package at at time) is the following:

There is code like that in new.packages.  The problem is that looking at 
ca 500 packages is slow, especially on a laptop disc (or at least on the 
one of mine that has just died) but even on the fast RAIDs on our servers.


> # Get the set of currently installed packages, taking
> # just the package and bundle names
> Pkgs.Installed <- installed.packages()[, c("Package", "Bundle")]
> # Get the packages that are in bundles
> # "Bundle" will be NA if package is not in a bundle
> Pkgs.Installed[!is.na(Pkgs.Installed[, "Bundle"]), ]
> On my system, where I have installed all CRAN packages that do not
> require third party libs, I get the following:
>> Pkgs.Installed[!is.na(Pkgs.Installed[, "Bundle"]), ]
>            Package       Bundle
> CoCo        "CoCo"        "CoCo"
> CoCoCg      "CoCoCg"      "CoCo"
> CoCoCore    "CoCoCore"    "CoCo"
> CoCoGraph   "CoCoGraph"   "CoCo"
> CoCoObjects "CoCoObjects" "CoCo"
> CoCoOldData "CoCoOldData" "CoCo"
> CoCoRaw     "CoCoRaw"     "CoCo"
> Greene      "Greene"      "Ecdat"
> Hayashi     "Hayashi"     "Ecdat"
> MASS        "MASS"        "VR"
> class       "class"       "VR"
> dse1        "dse1"        "dse"
> dse2        "dse2"        "dse"
> gdata       "gdata"       "gregmisc"
> gmodels     "gmodels"     "gregmisc"
> gplots      "gplots"      "gregmisc"
> gtools      "gtools"      "gregmisc"
> nnet        "nnet"        "VR"
> spatial     "spatial"     "VR"
> svDialogs   "svDialogs"   "SciViews"
> svGUI       "svGUI"       "SciViews"
> svIDE       "svIDE"       "SciViews"
> svIO        "svIO"        "SciViews"
> svMisc      "svMisc"      "SciViews"
> svSocket    "svSocket"    "SciViews"
> svViews     "svViews"     "SciViews"
> tframe      "tframe"      "dse"
> One could then feasibly manipulate this information as one desires.
> HTH,
> Marc Schwartz

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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