userJT userJT - 1 month ago 10
R Question

R: How can I install a specific release by install_github()?

Devtools is a great package. If the current version of a package, gives some errors, users may prefer to install a specific release (e.g. version 1.0.1).

What code can be used to achieve that?

For example for this package
https://github.com/OHDSI/OhdsiRTools/tree/v1.0.1

The command something like
install_github("OHDSI/OhdsiRTools",ref = 'v1.0.1')

The code above is not correct. It only works for branches (e.g., master or devA).
But the devtool package has functions to refer to releases.

Ideally I would refer to releases by their tag (but solution with commit ID would work too).

EXTRA BONUS: What code can install "latest" release. (but consider this a bonus question. The question about is the main one)

Answer

You need to append tags for releases directly onto the name of the repository argument. So, username/repo@releasetag will work. Only use the parameter ref = "devA" when you need to refer to a specific branch of the git repository.

For your example, regarding OhdsiRTools v1.0.1, we have

we have:

devtools::install_github("OHDSI/OhdsiRTools@v1.0.1")

Edit

After toying around with devtools source, it has come to my attention that one can request the latest source with:

username/repo@*release

Hence, you could use:

devtools::install_github("OHDSI/OhdsiRTools@*release")

End Edit

Outdated, see edit

Unfortunately, to obtain the latest release tag, the work for that is a bit more complicated as it would involve parsing a response from the GitHub API. Here are some notes if you really do need the tagged version... You would have to parse JSON from:

https://api.github.com/repos/<user>/<repo>/releases/latest

using either RJSONIO, jsonlite, rjson

To extract "tag_name" from:

{
  "url": "https://api.github.com/repos/OHDSI/OhdsiRTools/releases/2144150",
  "assets_url": "https://api.github.com/repos/OHDSI/OhdsiRTools/releases/2144150/assets",
  "upload_url": "https://uploads.github.com/repos/OHDSI/OhdsiRTools/releases/2144150/assets{?name,label}",
  "html_url": "https://github.com/OHDSI/OhdsiRTools/releases/tag/v1.0.1",
  "id": 2144150,
  "tag_name": "v1.0.1",
  "target_commitish": "master",
  "name": "Minor bug fix",
  "draft": false,
  "author": {
    "login": "schuemie",
    "id": 6713328,
    "avatar_url": "https://avatars.githubusercontent.com/u/6713328?v=3",
    "gravatar_id": "",
    "url": "https://api.github.com/users/schuemie",
    "html_url": "https://github.com/schuemie",
    "followers_url": "https://api.github.com/users/schuemie/followers",
    "following_url": "https://api.github.com/users/schuemie/following{/other_user}",
    "gists_url": "https://api.github.com/users/schuemie/gists{/gist_id}",
    "starred_url": "https://api.github.com/users/schuemie/starred{/owner}{/repo}",
    "subscriptions_url": "https://api.github.com/users/schuemie/subscriptions",
    "organizations_url": "https://api.github.com/users/schuemie/orgs",
    "repos_url": "https://api.github.com/users/schuemie/repos",
    "events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/schuemie/events{/privacy}",
    "received_events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/schuemie/received_events",
    "type": "User",
    "site_admin": false
  },
  "prerelease": false,
  "created_at": "2015-11-18T00:55:28Z",
  "published_at": "2015-11-18T06:35:57Z",
  "assets": [

  ],
  "tarball_url": "https://api.github.com/repos/OHDSI/OhdsiRTools/tarball/v1.0.1",
  "zipball_url": "https://api.github.com/repos/OHDSI/OhdsiRTools/zipball/v1.0.1",
  "body": "Fixed bug in `convertArgsToList ` function."
}

Above is taken from https://api.github.com/repos/OHDSI/OhdsiRTools/releases/latest