I've been trying to install some very heavy packages from Github (~ 100MB -
300 MB) on my remote server using Rstudio server and I keep getting some
crashes. These packages are pretty much datasets.

I try doing it with this code and get the error below.

> install.packages("devtools")

> devtools::install_github("pbiecek/PISA2000lite")
Downloading GitHub repo pbiecek/PISA2000lite@master
from URL https://api.github.com/repos/pbiecek/PISA2000lite/zipball/master
Installing PISA2000lite
'/usr/lib/R/bin/R' --no-site-file --no-environ --no-save --no-restore
--quiet CMD INSTALL  \
  '/tmp/Rtmp1GoUVG/devtools76a72d179d7/pbiecek-PISA2000lite-54f4765'  \

* installing *source* package ‘PISA2000lite’ ...
** data
*** moving datasets to lazyload DB
Installation failed: Command failed (137)

The package actually gets installed
any(grepl("PISA2012lite", installed.packages()[, 1]))

[1] TRUE

But I once I load the library it's as if none of the datasets are
available. I've used these packages for a long time on my local computer so
I'm sure it's not the packages. The server has enough space to handle the
packages, so it's not memory either. Below you can find the specs of the R
session and the server

R version 3.4.1 (2017-06-30)

Platform: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu (64-bit)

Running under: Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS

Matrix products: default

BLAS: /usr/lib/libblas/libblas.so.3.6.0

LAPACK: /usr/lib/lapack/liblapack.so.3.6.0


 [1] LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8       LC_NUMERIC=C


 [7] LC_PAPER=en_US.UTF-8       LC_NAME=C                  LC_ADDRESS=C


attached base packages:

[1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base

loaded via a namespace (and not attached):

 [1] httr_1.2.1      compiler_3.4.1  R6_2.2.2        tools_3.4.1
withr_2.0.0     curl_2.8.1

 [7] memoise_1.1.0   git2r_0.19.0    digest_0.6.12   devtools_1.13.3

The disk info:

Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on

udev            981M     0  981M   0% /dev

tmpfs           201M   21M  180M  11% /run

/dev/vda1        39G  9.1G   30G  24% /

tmpfs          1001M  840K 1000M   1% /dev/shm

tmpfs           5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock

tmpfs          1001M     0 1001M   0% /sys/fs/cgroup

/dev/vda15      105M  3.4M  102M   4% /boot/efi

tmpfs           201M     0  201M   0% /run/user/1000

And server specs from Digital Ocean:
2 GB Memory / 40 GB Disk / LON1 - Ubuntu 16.04.3 x64 from

I posted the question in this
stackoverflow thread and actually found out that the problem is not from
Rstudio server in itself because I get the exact same error with:
R CMD INSTALL PISA2000lite_1.0.tar.gz

Any idea why this might be occurring?


Jorge Cimentada

*https://cimentadaj.github.io/ <https://cimentadaj.github.io/>*

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