[R] R on an ASUS eee PC, continued - installing packages

Tom La Bone booboo at gforcecable.com
Mon Jun 16 13:03:59 CEST 2008

I am running R in the konsole of the Kate editor on an eeePC 900 (standard
Xandros OS). When a plot is generated it is initially too large to fit in
the screen, but if I click on the plot it automatically resizes to fit
properly. I have no idea if this is a default behavior.


Millo Giovanni wrote:
> Dear all, 
> I just went through the process of installing R on an eeePC 900 running
> Linux. As a Windows useR utterly ignorant about Linux, I'd never have
> done it without reading your posts and the R Wiki, so first of all:
> thank you! 
> Next, taking up your thread from some weeks ago, I thought this could be
> useful for somebody else too, so here's what I did:
> 1) I followed wolfgang's step-by-step guide at
> http://finzi.psych.upenn.edu/R/Rhelp02a/archive/128565.html,
> plus 
> 2) I installed the build dependencies as shown in R Wiki:
> ## quoting from
> http://wiki.r-project.org/rwiki/doku.php?id=getting-started:installation
> :debian#build_r ##
> How much supporting software you need to install depends on how much
> compilation you want to be able to do with R. If you just want to be
> able to run R, you can get r-base-core and all the recommended packages
> by doing: 
> sudo apt-get install r-base
> If you want to be able to build and install R packages (including those
> from CRAN), you can get all the common header files, as well as
> r-base-core by doing: 
> sudo apt-get install r-base-dev
> If you want to be able to build R from its source code, you can get
> build dependencies for R (e.g., compilers, header files) by doing: 
> sudo apt-get build-dep r-base
> ## end quote ##
> This way I got all the necessary compilers, headers etc. automagically
> installed as well, so that install.packages() works fine now: I
> installed the whole "Econometrics" task view without problems. I still
> haven't tried to install Rmetrics in order to save space on the little
> machine, because I do not currently need it, but it should go the same
> way: maybe this can solve John's problem?
> I am aware that probably removing the original OS and installing Debian
> as suggested by Dirk Eddelbuettel here
> http://finzi.psych.upenn.edu/R/Rhelp02a/archive/128605.html would be a
> better solution, but I am a complete Linux newbie, never ever tried it
> before, so it's good both for me and for family use to retain the
> original "easy mode" GUI while having R running on the same machine.
> Full desktop mode (=standard KDE) is also easily enabled by adding
> kicker and ksmserver (see http://wiki.eeeuser.com/howto:getkde, I did it
> "the manual way" and it worked; just take heed that kicker and ksmserver
> were not found in the '900's repository and I had to take them from the
> '701's).
> The only thing I wish I were able to do now is to have the graphics
> windows defaults changed to a size fitting the small 9'' screen, as now
> I have to reduce it and move it to the right by hand every time to
> reproduce the results of 'windows>tile" in Windows. If anybody can
> help...
> HTH,
> Giovanni
> Giovanni Millo
> Research Dept.,
> Assicurazioni Generali SpA
> Via Machiavelli 4, 
> 34131 Trieste (Italy)
> tel. +39 040 671184 
> fax  +39 040 671160 
> # original message: 
> From: John C Frain <frainj> 
> Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2008 15:33:31 +0100
> Thanks for the step by step guide. It installs a base R and some 
> libraries very well. I tries to load some of the Rmetrics libraries, 
> using install.packages() nu ran into problems. I used apt-get install 
> to install make and gcc from the Xandros repository. gcc also included 
> binutils, gcc-4.1 and libsspo. Is there an easy answer to the 
> question what I need to install to get the install process working. 
> The R Installation and Administration guide says that I just need the 
> compilers and tools. Installing robustbase gives the following 
> messages. (If it is as simple as R not being able to find the header 
> files how do I tell R where to find them?). 
> Best Regards 
> John 
> <output in original message suppressed>
> -- 
> John C Frain
> Trinity College Dublin
> Dublin 2
> Ireland
> www.tcd.ie/Economics/staff/frainj/home.html
> mailto:frainj at tcd.ie
> mailto:frainj at gmail.com
> Ai sensi del D.Lgs. 196/2003 si precisa che le informazi...{{dropped:13}}
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