[gdal-dev] rgdal source code

Roger Bivand Roger.Bivand at nhh.no
Fri Mar 26 04:33:45 EDT 2010

On Thu, 25 Mar 2010, Ivan wrote:

> Roger,
> I in fact did my homework, but I've got a C.
> As you can see on my previous message I did find the RGDAL Source Forge page 
> where it shows the CVS instructions ===> [1] <===. That would give a B+ at 
> least, no? If it worked.
> cvs -d:pserver:anonymous at rgdal.cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/rgdal login
> Logging in to :pserver:anonymous at rgdal.cvs.sourceforge.net:2401/cvsroot/rgdal
> CVS password:
> cvs [login aborted]: connect to 
> rgdal.cvs.sourceforge.net( failed: Connection refused
> That was a dead end.

Correct. When I tried, anonymous checkout from sourceforge was also 
blocked - nothing we've done, maybe something sourceforge has done. I have 
changed the main description to:

"WARNING: rgdal is only available for download from CRAN - this repository 
is only used for development and browsing of source code. NEVER use the 
very out of date file bundles for download from this site!!! See 
http://rgdal.sourceforge.net for link."

Short of migrating to R-forge (which I have done for another R package, 
spdep), there isn't much that can be done with sourceforge, I'm afraid 
(sourceforge isn't my favorite place to be).

cc: Tim: Any idea why the anonymous checkout fails? Longer term - is 
migration to SVN on R-Forge worth considering?


> I download some of those zip packages from rgdal.sourceforge.net but they 
> only have binary that requires FWTools installation.
> Another dead end.
> But you are right I should have search a little more to find the CRAN page. 
> So I am downloading rgdal_0.6-2.5.zip now. Let's see how it goes.

That is the current Windows CRAN binary, get rgdal_0.6-25.tar.gz for the 
source. Install the Windows binary within R - do *not* treat the zip 
archive as an archive - it is just a frozen binary version of the source 
for Windows.


> Thanks you so very much Roger. Have a nice day.
> Ivan
> Roger Bivand wrote:
>> Please, do your homework!
>> Google on "R rgdal" gives:
>> http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/rgdal/index.html
>> http://rgdal.sourceforge.net/
>> where the latter says: "The R contributed package rgdal is available from
>> CRAN", that is the first link. On CRAN you will find both the source 
>> tarball
>> and a Windows 32-bit binary including 1.7.1 with standard drivers and expat
>> for reading KML etc. 
>> The sourceforge site is used exclusively as a CVS repository for developers
>> - it hasn't been used for software distribution since about 2004; the CRAN
>> distribution mechanism is far more robust and "just works".
>> Refer to show.file(system.file("README.windows", package="rgdal")) if you
>> need to build from source for more exotic drivers.
>> The relevant mailing list is R-sig-geo,
>> https://www.stat.math.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/R-SIG-Geo/, and the best
>> point of entrance, the R Spatial task view:
>> http://cran.r-project.org/web/views/Spatial.html.
>> Hope this helps,
>> Roger
>> Ivan-5 wrote:
>>> Hi there,
>>> I am trying to get RGDAL to work with GDAL 1.7.1 but I cannot access the
>>> source code [1] and the binaries for Windows depend on some old version of
>>> gdal_fw.dll. Does anybody have any clue?
>>> Regards,
>>> Ivan
>>> [1] - http://sourceforge.net/scm/?type=cvs&group_id=84716
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>> Roger Bivand
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>> Department of Economics
>> Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration
>> Helleveien 30
>> N-5045 Bergen, Norway

Roger Bivand
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