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install_bitbucket not working #148

lwaldron opened this issue Aug 24, 2012 · 1 comment · Fixed by #149

install_bitbucket not working #148

lwaldron opened this issue Aug 24, 2012 · 1 comment · Fixed by #149


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I am so excited to see this function in devtools, but it does not seem to work. The examples in ?install_bitbucket don't work:

Error in paste(username, collapse = ", ") :
argument "username" is missing, with no default
install_bitbucket(c("testrepo", "testrepo2")

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    Error in paste(username, collapse = ", ") :
    argument "username" is missing, with no default

Or for another example, I have a buildable R library at:

But I don't seem to be able to install it using install_bitbucket:

Error in paste(username, collapse = ", ") :
argument "username" is missing, with no default
install_bitbucket("hgnchelper", username="lwaldron")
Installing bitbucket repo(s) hgnchelper/master from lwaldron
Installing from
Error: http client error (404)
R version 2.15.0 (2012-03-30)
Platform: x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu (64-bit)


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

other attached packages:
[1] devtools_0.7.1

loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
[1] digest_0.5.2 httr_0.1.1 memoise_0.1 plyr_1.7.1 RCurl_1.91-1
[6] stringr_0.6.1 tools_2.15.0

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wch commented Aug 24, 2012

It looks like this may be because of a difference between how hg repositories are zipped up vs. git repositories.

To install this repo, I think you need to specify a branch other than the default master (which is the name of the main branch in a git repo). But this currently gives an error:

install_bitbucket("hgnchelper", username="lwaldron", ref="default")
# Error: Does not appear to be an R package

The problem is that in decompress(), the outdir() function takes the first item in the zip file and uses that for the directory name. This works with a devtools zip file downloaded from github, but not the hg zip file here. This is the outdir function for zip files, as defined in decompress:

outdir <- function() {
      basename(as.character(expand(src, list = TRUE)$Name[1]))

Here's what the file list looks like for devtools:

d> z <- unzip(zipfile, list=TRUE)
d> z$Name
  [1] hadley-devtools-c6fe626/                                          
  [2] hadley-devtools-c6fe626/DESCRIPTION                               
  [3] hadley-devtools-c6fe626/NAMESPACE                                 
  [4] hadley-devtools-c6fe626/NEWS                                      
  [5] hadley-devtools-c6fe626/R/

And here's what it looks like for hgnchelper:

d> z$Name
 [1] lwaldron-hgnchelper-69a750601835/.hg_archival.txt           
 [2] lwaldron-hgnchelper-69a750601835/.hgtags                    
 [3] lwaldron-hgnchelper-69a750601835/CHANGELOG                  
 [4] lwaldron-hgnchelper-69a750601835/DESCRIPTION                
 [5] lwaldron-hgnchelper-69a750601835/NAMESPACE                  

I think a possible solution is to take the first item in the name list and drop everything after the last slash (though Windows may require something slightly different).

@wch wch closed this as completed in e0c1745 Aug 27, 2012
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