[R] Installing packages based on the license

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Thu Nov 27 00:12:46 CET 2008

On 26/11/2008 4:43 PM, Ted Mendum wrote:
> Hello,
> I would like have an automatic way to avoid installing packages that I cannot use due to license restrictions.
> For example, the conf.design package is limited to non-commercial use, and since I work for a for-profit business, I cannot use it.
> I found out about the license terms of conf.design by chance; I would like to avoid any possibility of a mistake in the future.
> Is there some clever combination of grep and install.packages that I could use to limit my downloads to, say, GPL-only packages?

In theory, you should be able to look at the License field of 
available.packages(fields="License") and limit yourself to those with 
acceptable licenses.  However, I don't think CRAN reports on the license.

However, after you have installed a set of packages, you can scan the 
set of licenses using this code:


Duncan Murdoch

> Thanks,
> Ted
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