reinstalling: Reinstalling binary dependencies

reinstallingR Documentation

Reinstalling binary dependencies


The glmmTMB package depends on several upstream packages, which it uses in a way that depends heavily on their internal (binary) structure. Sometimes, therefore, installing an update to one of these packages will require that you re-install a binary-compatible version of glmmTMB, i.e. a version that has been compiled with the updated version of the upstream package.

  • If you have development tools (compilers etc.) installed, you should be able to re-install a binary-compatible version of the package by running install.packages("glmmTMB", type="source"). If you want to install the development version of glmmTMB instead, you can use remotes::install_github("glmmTMB/glmmTMB/glmmTMB"). (On Windows, you can install development tools following the instructions at; on MacOS, see

  • If you do not have development tools and can't/don't want to install them (and so can't install packages with compiled code from source), you have two choices:

    • revert the upstream package(s) to their previous binary version. For example, using the checkpoint package:

      ## load (installing if necessary) the checkpoint package
      while (!require("checkpoint")) install.packages("checkpoint")
      ## retrieve build date of installed version of glmmTMB
      bd <- as.character(asDateBuilt(
      oldrepo <- getOption("repos")
      use_mran_snapshot(bd) ## was setSnapshot() pre-checkpoint v1.0.0
      options(repos=oldrepo) ## restore original repo

      A similar recipe (substituting Matrix for TMB and TMB for glmmTMB) can be used if you get warnings about an incompatibility between TMB and Matrix.

    • hope that the glmmTMB maintainers have posted a binary version of the package that works with your system; try installing it via install.packages("glmmTMB",repos="",type="binary") If this doesn't work, please file an issue (with full details about your operating system and R version) asking the maintainers to build and post an appropriate binary version of the package.

glmmTMB documentation built on Oct. 7, 2023, 5:07 p.m.