[Rd] R patched & devel versions as portable ZIP files

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Fri Aug 7 22:06:28 CEST 2009

On 8/7/2009 3:35 PM, Hans W Borchers wrote:
> I wonder if it would be possible to provide R patched and development versions
> for Windows as simple zip files without using any installers.

Yes, it would be quite easy to do.  I'll set R-devel to do it as of 
tomorrow's build; let me know if the format is fine for you, and I'll do 
it for R-patched once the bugs are worked out.

Duncan Murdoch

> There are more and more free and open source software projects providing
> such portable versions, among them Python (since V2.5), the new MikTex 2.8,
> OpenOffice 3, Firefox and Thunderbird, to name a few. Many smaller Windows
> utilities do the same.
> When regularly following patched and development version, the installation
> procedures and writing into the Windows registry all the time makes me
> feel uneasy. And even with the installation procedure there are subsequent
> tasks, for example changing the path in the shortcut.
> Zip files are much better for those running R from an USB stick because
> otherwise you have to install it on the disk---what maybe you don't want to
> do---and then copy it over to the stick.
> I know there are some concerns with R-(D)COM interface and i assume those using
> it know which versions to install.
> Thanks
> Hans Werner Borchers
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