Question: biocLite installs older version of SummarizedExperiment package
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2.0 years ago by
University of Arizona
gaiusjaugustus0 wrote:


Trying to install TCGAbiolinks, which has version 1.2.3 of SummarizedExperiments.  When I install via biocLite(), I get version 1.0.2.  I tried checking out the Github repo, but didn't see any more information there.

I also tried removing the package and reinstalling it, with no improvement.


R version: 3.3.1

Bioconductor Version: 3.2


What am I missing?

Any help would be nice,


ADD COMMENTlink modified 2.0 years ago • written 2.0 years ago by gaiusjaugustus0
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2.0 years ago by
Steve Lianoglou12k wrote:

biocLite is tied to your R version. To get the latest version of the packages you are trying to install, you need to make sure that you are running the latest version of R, ie. some flavor of R 3.3.x.

One way to check the version of R that you're running by looking at the output of sessionInfo()


ADD COMMENTlink written 2.0 years ago by Steve Lianoglou12k

Sorry, meant to mention that I checked my R version. I'm running 3.3.1.  And I have Bioconductor 3.2.

ADD REPLYlink written 2.0 years ago by gaiusjaugustus0

Please start a new R session in the terminal like so:

$ R --vanilla

Then at the R prompt type:

R> source("")
R> biocLite("SummarizedExperiment")
R> library("SummarizedExperiment")
R> sessionInfo()

Please copy and paste the entire R session from right after you launch R --vanilla all the way to the output of sessionInfo() so that we can see exactly what's cooking


ADD REPLYlink modified 2.0 years ago • written 2.0 years ago by Steve Lianoglou12k

C:\Program Files\R\R-3.3.1\bin>R.exe --vanilla

R version 3.3.1 (2016-06-21) -- "Bug in Your Hair"
Copyright (C) 2016 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
Platform: x86_64-w64-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)

R is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
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  Natural language support but running in an English locale

R is a collaborative project with many contributors.
Type 'contributors()' for more information and
'citation()' on how to cite R or R packages in publications.

Type 'demo()' for some demos, 'help()' for on-line help, or
'help.start()' for an HTML browser interface to help.
Type 'q()' to quit R.

> source("")
Bioconductor version 3.2 (BiocInstaller 1.20.3), ?biocLite for help
> biocLite("SummarizedExperiment")
Using Bioconductor 3.2 (BiocInstaller 1.20.3), R 3.3.1 (2016-06-21).
Installing package(s) 'SummarizedExperiment'
trying URL ''
Content type 'application/zip' length 2629971 bytes (2.5 MB)
downloaded 2.5 MB

package 'SummarizedExperiment' successfully unpacked and MD5 sums checked

The downloaded binary packages are in
Old packages: 'curl', 'irlba', 'spdep', 'foreign', 'lattice', 'Matrix', 'mgcv',
Update all/some/none? [a/s/n]: n
> library("SummarizedExperiment")
Loading required package: GenomicRanges
Loading required package: BiocGenerics
Loading required package: parallel

Attaching package: 'BiocGenerics'

The following objects are masked from 'package:parallel':

    clusterApply, clusterApplyLB, clusterCall, clusterEvalQ,
    clusterExport, clusterMap, parApply, parCapply, parLapply,
    parLapplyLB, parRapply, parSapply, parSapplyLB

The following objects are masked from 'package:stats':

    IQR, mad, xtabs

The following objects are masked from 'package:base':

    anyDuplicated, append,, as.vector, cbind, colnames,, duplicated, eval, evalq, Filter, Find, get, grep, grepl,
    intersect, is.unsorted, lapply, lengths, Map, mapply, match, mget,
    order, paste, pmax,, pmin,, Position, rank,
    rbind, Reduce, rownames, sapply, setdiff, sort, table, tapply,
    union, unique, unlist, unsplit

Loading required package: S4Vectors
Loading required package: stats4
Loading required package: IRanges
Loading required package: GenomeInfoDb
Loading required package: Biobase
Welcome to Bioconductor

    Vignettes contain introductory material; view with
    'browseVignettes()'. To cite Bioconductor, see
    'citation("Biobase")', and for packages 'citation("pkgname")'.

> sessionInfo()
R version 3.3.1 (2016-06-21)
Platform: x86_64-w64-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)
Running under: Windows 7 x64 (build 7601) Service Pack 1

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

attached base packages:
[1] stats4    parallel  stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets
[8] methods   base

other attached packages:
[1] SummarizedExperiment_1.0.2 Biobase_2.30.0
[3] GenomicRanges_1.22.4       GenomeInfoDb_1.6.3
[5] IRanges_2.4.8              S4Vectors_0.8.11
[7] BiocGenerics_0.16.1        BiocInstaller_1.20.3

loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
[1] zlibbioc_1.16.0 XVector_0.10.0  tools_3.3.1

ADD REPLYlink written 2.0 years ago by gaiusjaugustus0

It is still the case that your BiocInstaller package is out-of-date -- remove it following the directions at

ADD REPLYlink written 2.0 years ago by Martin Morgan ♦♦ 22k

If your BiocInstaller is current, when you load it it will sasy

Bioconductor version 3.2 (BiocInstaller 1.20.3), ?biocLite for help
During startup - Warning message:
BiocInstaller version 3.2 is too old for R version 3.3.1; see 

(Hmm, it's not that BiocInstaller version 3.2 is too old, but that Bioconductor version 3.2 is too old...; it's also possible under some circumstances that you don't have a recent enough version of BiocInstaller to see the message...) Follow the instructions at the link in the message.


ADD REPLYlink written 2.0 years ago by Martin Morgan ♦♦ 22k

Thank you.  Following the instructions on the bioconductor troubleshooting page fixed the issue.

ADD REPLYlink written 2.0 years ago by gaiusjaugustus0
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