[R] unable to move temporary installation of package

Paul Lantos paul.lantos at duke.edu
Tue Mar 27 16:23:09 CEST 2018

Ok, thanks --

> sessionInfo()
R version 3.4.4 (2018-03-15)
Platform: x86_64-w64-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)
Running under: Windows >= 8 x64 (build 9200)

Matrix products: default

[1] LC_COLLATE=English_United States.1252  LC_CTYPE=English_United States.1252   
[3] LC_MONETARY=English_United States.1252 LC_NUMERIC=C                          
[5] LC_TIME=English_United States.1252    

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

loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
[1] compiler_3.4.4 tools_3.4.4    yaml_2.1.14   
> .libPaths()
[1] "C:/Users/pl39/Documents/R/win-library/3.4" "C:/Program Files/R/R-3.4.4/library"       
> file.info(.libPaths())
                                          size isdir mode               mtime               ctime               atime
C:/Users/pl39/Documents/R/win-library/3.4    0  TRUE  777 2018-03-27 10:21:39 2017-12-28 22:20:55 2018-03-27 10:21:39
C:/Program Files/R/R-3.4.4/library           0  TRUE  777 2018-03-25 21:23:45 2018-03-25 21:23:08 2018-03-25 21:23:45
C:/Users/pl39/Documents/R/win-library/3.4  no
C:/Program Files/R/R-3.4.4/library         no

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff Newmiller [mailto:jdnewmil at dcn.davis.ca.us] 
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 1:16 AM
To: Paul Lantos <paul.lantos at duke.edu>; r-help at r-project.org
Subject: RE: [R] unable to move temporary installation of package

Perhaps someone here will see something useful if you post the output of the following function calls:


and the verbatim (copied) error (in context) that you are seeing. 
Sent from my phone. Please excuse my brevity.

On March 26, 2018 6:27:10 PM PDT, Paul Lantos <paul.lantos at duke.edu> wrote:
>Thanks Jeff,
>So I initially when I got the computer moved my old packages into the 
>new directory rather than downloading and installing them again. That 
>was fine. I then just did a test to see if I could write in the folder 
>and indeed I can. Just not via R.
>I uninstalled R Open, installed R 3.4.4, and the problem persisted, 
>including just running it from the R console rather than from R Studio.
>I haven't done anything (like installations) with administrator rights
>- I just have them. That said I've checked the permissions of the 
>library folder and I have all permission. I don't run R in any special 
> So I'm not sure where that leaves me... thanks for any suggestions.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Jeff Newmiller [mailto:jdnewmil at dcn.davis.ca.us]
>Sent: Monday, March 26, 2018 5:22 PM
>To: r-help at r-project.org; Paul Lantos <paul.lantos at duke.edu>; 
>r-help at r-project.org
>Subject: Re: [R] unable to move temporary installation of package
>A) Don't try to "move" packages from one library (=directory of 
>installed packages) to another.
>B) Although R Open is very close to CRAN R, it has some differences 
>that you REALLY NEED TO READ about at their website. Pay particular 
>attention to the checkpoint feature in this case. Note that troubles 
>installing it or with the MKL are probably off-topic here, though R 
>language questions should still be fair game.
>C) Having Administrator rights carries at least as much responsibility 
>to know what you are doing BEFORE you do it as it bestows flexibility 
>to get things done. If you used "Run As Administrator" to install R or 
>any packages then you have probably set the permissions on your 
>personal library inappropriately. If so, you need to use your 
>superpowers judiciously to eliminate your personal library completely 
>and then run R as a normal user to install/update R packages.
>Sent from my phone. Please excuse my brevity.
>On March 26, 2018 12:16:02 PM PDT, Paul Lantos <paul.lantos at duke.edu>
>>I'm running Windows 10 / R Studio / R Open 3.4.3
>>Since getting a new computer recently I cannot install packages into
>>personal libpath directory, and I can't seem to update packages (it 
>>says all packages are up to date even if I manually install an old 
>>version). I've got 100% admin rights on the computer and in the
>>folder, I've set my R environment variable to specify the correct 
>>directory, I can freely move things manually in and out of the library
>>if needed, and R can read and use any package that's already in there.
>>But I can't install or I get the "unable to move" error.
>>I've uninstalled and reinstalled everything, tried this in non-Studio 
>>sessions using both R Open and regular R 3.4.4, and I get the same 
>>Thanks for any help,
>>Paul Lantos
>>Paul M. Lantos, MD, MS GIS, FIDSA, FAAP, FACP Associate Professor of 
>>Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
>>  Pediatric Infectious Diseases
>>  General Internal Medicine
>>Duke University School of Medicine
>>Duke Global Health Institute
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