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remove dependency on `downloader` #203

achubaty opened this Issue Jul 7, 2015 · 1 comment


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achubaty commented Jul 7, 2015

R 3.2.1 should now be able to handle https:// on Windows by default (see However, we can't expect all users to be up-to-date with their R versions (especially Windows users).

Until then, we can not import, and simply copy/paste the code from downloader:

My downloader package was created to deal with https on various platforms:

The package dates back to before R had libcurl support. It's very
simple: if you're on Windows, it uses setInternet2(), which enable
https support, and if you're on non-Windows, it looks for wget, curl,
and then lynx.

You don't have to import downloader in order to do this - there's just
one function you'd need, which, as far as I'm concerned, you can put
in your code:

If you need the code to officially relicensed, feel free to contact me by email.


The downloader package is GPL-2 (

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eliotmcintire commented Nov 6, 2015

Sidestepped with change to require R 3.2.2 for SpaDES package

eliotmcintire added a commit that referenced this issue Nov 6, 2015

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