[Rd] Is rcompgen still recommended?

James MacDonald jmacdon at med.umich.edu
Mon Feb 18 21:54:22 CET 2008

I just built R-devel from source on OS X (Tiger), using the subversion 
sources. Running ./tools/rsync-recommended didn't download rcompgen. I 


and indeed, this package is not there. If I try to install using 
install.packages I get

 > install.packages("rcompgen", type="source")
--- Please select a CRAN mirror for use in this session ---
Loading Tcl/Tk interface ... done
trying URL 'http://cran.fhcrc.org/src/contrib/rcompgen_0.1-17.tar.gz'
Content type 'application/x-gzip' length 29240 bytes (28 Kb)
opened URL
downloaded 28 Kb

* Installing *source* package 'rcompgen' ...
Error: Invalid DESCRIPTION file

Invalid Priority field.
Packages with priorities 'base' or 'recommended' or 'defunct-base' must
already be known to R.

See the information on DESCRIPTION files in section 'Creating R
packages' of the 'Writing R Extensions' manual.
Execution halted
ERROR: installing package DESCRIPTION failed
** Removing '/Users/jmacdon/R-devel/library/rcompgen'

The downloaded packages are in
Updating HTML index of packages in '.Library'
Warning message:
In install.packages("rcompgen", type = "source") :
   installation of package 'rcompgen' had non-zero exit status

I assume I am missing something obvious, but don't know what it is. Any 



 > sessionInfo()
R version 2.7.0 Under development (unstable) (2008-02-18 r44516)


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

loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
[1] tcltk_2.7.0 tools_2.7.0
James W. MacDonald, MS
UMCCC cDNA and Affymetrix Core
University of Michigan
1500 E Medical Center Drive
7410 CCGC
Ann Arbor MI 48109

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