[Rd] Could the Windows installer edit PATH?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Oct 10 14:10:33 MEST 2003

Why do you need to edit PATH?  I never have the rw10xx/bin directory in my 
Desktop PATH.  I do set the PATH in a terminal window when working with R, 
but I do that via the shell startup options (.tcshrc in my case).

It is I believe possible to get the installer to do this, but it may well 
not be allowed: our students are not allowed to set it (denied by a 
Windows profile setting).

On Fri, 10 Oct 2003, Chris Jackson wrote:

> I have just diligently upgraded my R installation for Windows XP Pro to
> 1.8.0.  As an ESS user and R package builder, part of this upgrade process
> for me always involves editing the PATH environment variable by hand to
> update the location of the R bin directory.
> Would it be possible or desirable for the R for Windows
> installer/uninstaller to optionally edit the PATH itself? (as, for example,
> the Activestate Perl installer has an option to update the PATH with the
> Perl bin directory).

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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