[R] installing the x86_64 R Binary on Fedora Core 5
Marc Schwartz (via MN)
mschwartz at mn.rr.com
Thu Aug 24 17:18:45 CEST 2006
On Thu, 2006-08-24 at 10:53 -0400, roger bos wrote:
> I am looking for help install the x86_64 R Binary onto my FC5 machine. At
> the risk of subjecting myself to tons of criticism, I must confess that I
> don't know anything about Linux and I have never compiled R from source.
> Therefore, I choose FC5 because I see that a 64-bit binary is already
> Here is what I tried: I installed FC5 with all options (productivity,
> software development, and web server). FC5 boots up fine. I downloaded all
> the R binary files in that FC5 directory to my USB drive and copied
> them onto my linux machine (where I don't yet have internet access). I
> created a folder in my rbos's Home directory and copied the files there. I
> clicked on the R-2.3.1-1.fc5.x86_64.rpm and right-clicked to choose 'open
> with "install software"' It asked me for my root password. I put in the
> same root password I choose when I installed FC5. I get a "installing
> packages" screen that shows the R filename and I click Apply. It then give
> me an Error: "Unable to retrieve software information".
> Can anyone tell me what steps I am missing? The R install guide states that
> binary installs are platform specific so it only considers building from the
> sources. I look forward to learning a lot about Linux and using more than
> just the GUI, but to get started, I just want to learn how to install a
> binary of R.
> Thanks so much,
I don't know if the GUI version of the RPM interface (Red Hat/Fedora's
Package Manager) is sufficiently robust these days. In the past, there
were notable problems trying to use it to install software binaries.
I would open a console and change into the folder where you copied the
files. If you are running GNOME and do not have a Terminal launcher
(icon) on any of your panels, you can go to the menus and select:
Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal
This will open a console on your desktop, just like the Windows command
Then change to the appropriate folder:
Note that unlike Windows, the slashes are '/', not '\'.
Then in that folder, type:
You will be prompted for the root password. If successful, you will
note that the prompt prefix changes from a '$' to a '#'.
rpm -ivh R-2.3.1-1.fc5.x86_64.rpm
This will begin the R installation process. If you get back to the
prompt without any error messages, you should be good to go. Then type:
at the console, which will exit root status and bring you back to your
regular user ID (prompt prefix back to '$').
Needless to say, that while you have root privileges in the console, be
careful in what you might type. You have total access to screw up the
If you get any error messages, post them back here and we can help debug
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