[R] problem with installing a local zip file : GFCURE

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue May 19 14:28:12 CEST 2009

On Tue, 19 May 2009, marc bernard wrote:

> Dear all,
> I am trying to install a package called "GFCURE" from a local zip 
> file. This package fits a cure survival model and has been 
> downloaded from:
> http://post.queensu.ca/~pengp/software.html

However, it is not an R package.  Read the Readme.txt in the zip file 
for the instructions for use with R (under Windows).

> The problem is that when I try to install this package from a local 
> zip file using R, I've got the following error message:
> Error in gzfile(file, "r") : cannot open the connection
> In addition: Warning message:
> In gzfile(file, "r") : cannot open compressed file 'gfcureWinR/DESCRIPTION', probable reason 'No such file or directory'
> First, I thought it was an internal problem.  I then asked some of 
> my colleagues to do the same thing and they had the same error 
> message.
> I would be very grateful if you can help me on that matter.

It would have been reasonable to ask the author (Cc:ed here) for help, 
since then he will become aware that potential users have been 
confused by his instructions.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
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