[R] update.packagesl (method=internal) on Windows

M. Edward (Ed) Borasky znmeb at aracnet.com
Sun Jun 24 20:03:24 CEST 2001

On Sun, 24 Jun 2001, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:

> Don't expect too much: an awful lot of this part of Windows does not work
> as documented on Windows 2000.  You should be able to switch to
> internet2.dll and make use of your proxies.  However, I changed away from
> that last week as on a very flaky connection, it was a lot less reliable.

I had no trouble with "install.packages" with my normal ISP at *home*, but there
are quite a few simple things that don't work when you're behind a proxy server
on Windows 2000. I've never been able to get R *or* the ActiveState Perl
Package Manager to go through the proxy server where I work and automatically
download files. Part of it has to do with the way proxy servers can be
configured to protect you and your employer :-). I usually download what I want
manually, which *does* work, and then install manually as well. It's really for
your own good, you know ... isn't it nice that your employer protects you from
that nasty old Internet? :-)
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