[R] Running R from a CD on Windows?

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de
Thu Dec 27 22:31:46 CET 2007

Sounds like you want to write some VisualBasic script that sets up the 
link etc., started by the autorun.inf facility.
In any case, many virus and/or behavior checkers will shout when you 
implement things like that ... - and I have disabled auto-anything for 
CD/USB devices not only form security reasons.

Uwe Ligges

Charles Annis, P.E. wrote:
> Greetings, R-ians:
> Yes it's easy to run R from a CD: I copied my windows installation folder to
> the CD, then copied my R working directory to the CD.
> To run from the CD, I copy the working directory from the CD to the desktop,
> and then create an R desktop icon that points to Rgui.exe on the CD, and
> starts in the working directory folder I just copied to the desktop.
> The problem is that to create the desktop R icon you need to know that
> Rgui.exe is on the CD in the bin subfolder of the R-2.6.1 folder, which I
> know but the person being introduced to R for the first time does not.  And
> creating a desktop icon is busywork that some find annoying.  And then the
> user needs to copy the basic working directory folder to the desktop, since
> R needs to be able to write to it and writing to the CD can't work with a
> write-once CD.  Alas, my uses just want to put the CD in the drive and have
> the autorun facility take care all this:
> 1) If there isn't a folder named "R-project" on the desktop, copy the one on
> the CD to the desktop.
> 2) Create a desktop icon for R that points to Rgui.exe on the CD.  The
> installation must determine what drive is currently being accessed, since
> "D:\R-2.6.1\bin\Rgui.exe" would only work if the CD was running from drive
> D.
> 3) Have the icon Start in "desktop\R-project" which is legal if you create
> the icon yourself, but apparently not legal to put on the CD since the
> windows are erased and cannot be filled in if the icon is copied back from
> the CD to the desktop.
> Since the basic R installation on Windows can create a desktop icon, I know
> this must be possible.  I would be grateful for any help.
> Thanks
> Charles Annis, P.E.
> Charles.Annis at StatisticalEngineering.com
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