[R] Errors in R package installation

Eric Berger er|cjberger @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Thu Dec 12 16:56:57 CET 2019

Apparently it does not like that the fact that your user 'David
Stevens' has a blank.
Looking at the documentation ?install.packages
it seems that if you modify your call to something like


you might be ok. (caveat: I did not try this)

You should make the directory C:\tmp (or whatever you use instead)
before you issue this call.


On Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 5:48 PM David Stevens <david.stevens using usu.edu> wrote:
> Certain R packages will not install properly on my Windows 10 computer. For example, if I
> install.packages('callr')
> The result is
> trying URL 'https://cloud.r-project.org/src/contrib/callr_3.4.0.tar.gz'
> Content type 'application/x-gzip' length 100129 bytes (97 KB)
> downloaded 97 KB
> Warning: invalid package 'C:\Users\David'
> Warning: invalid package 'Stevens\AppData\Local\Temp\Rtmpk5NqrI/downloaded_packages/callr_3.4.0.tar.gz'
> Error: ERROR: no packages specified
> Warning in install.packages :
>   installation of package ‘callr’ had non-zero exit status
> The downloaded source packages are in
>         ‘C:\Users\David Stevens\AppData\Local\Temp\Rtmpk5NqrI\downloaded_packages’
> both using RStudio 1.2.5019 and the Rgui.exe 3.6.2. I look in the download folder and the callr_3.4.0.tar.gz is there but the installer can't find it. This happens on only a subset of packages I install or update. I assume the cause is the space in my name in the c:\users folder. I've been unable to locate the environment variable or registry value that routes the tar.gz files to this location. Any ideas on how to fix this? This is a relatively recent issue (i.e. I never saw it before November - I've used R for ~15 years).
> Best regards
> David Stevens
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