[R] making R-1.6.0 on Linux Debian

Claudia Tebaldi tebaldi at rap.ucar.edu
Thu Oct 17 18:47:32 CEST 2002

I'm running R-1.4.1 on a linux debian (version 2.2) box. 
I've tried to upgrade to R-1.6.0, and the execution of make halts with the
following error messages:

make[4]: Entering directory `/home/tebaldi/R/R-1.6.0/src/library/methods'
dumping R code in package 'methods'
Error in testRversion(descfile) : This package has not been installed
 See the Note in ?library
Execution halted
make[4]: *** [../../../library/methods/R/all.rda] Error 1
make[4]: Leaving directory `/home/tebaldi/R/R-1.6.0/src/library/methods'
make[3]: *** [all] Error 2
make[3]: Leaving directory `/home/tebaldi/R/R-1.6.0/src/library/methods'
make[2]: *** [R] Error 1
make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/tebaldi/R/R-1.6.0/src/library'
make[1]: *** [R] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/tebaldi/R/R-1.6.0/src'
make: *** [R] Error 1
161.280u 8.410s 2:52.68 98.2%   0+0k 0+0io 545013pf+0w

Something similar happened a few months ago, when I tried to upgrade to
R-1.5.1. At the time the solution suggested was to use the
precompiled binary distribution, available on CRAN.
Turns out, I do not have root privileges and I cannot touch the files in
/etc. At the time I gave up, but now I'd really like to "step up" to the
newer version of R.
I've looked around but I cannot find any help for installing these
precompiled  binary, if not by the 'apt-get' program, 
to which I have no access as simple user of the machine (i.e I cannot add
lines to the files in /etc like it is explained in the
/bin/linux/debian/ReadMe file.

Can someone please either help me with the error message or point
me at instructions on how to install binaries without going through the
apt-... program? I assume they are somewhere, but don't know where!

Thanks in advance


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