[R] installing R on Ubuntu

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Sun Feb 8 22:34:09 CET 2009

On 8 February 2009 at 12:23, Paul Heinrich Dietrich wrote:
| I'm definitely out of my league here, but I think that if someone only enters
| that code in an Ubuntu system, then they will have only the latest version
| of R in Ubuntu, which at this time I think is 2.6.2, instead of 2.8.1, and

Please see the README at   http://cran.r-project.org/bin/linux/ubuntu

| Ubuntu only "maintains" a handful of packages, instead of 1600+ right now on
| CRAN.  If you want to get the latest R in Ubuntu and download any current
| package, it seems like you have to follow a method like I've tried to piece
| together.  I hope I'm wrong here.  Cheers.

We have been working on providing close to all 1600 packages as .deb
packages.  We have about 1500 built, but so far only on Debian (though Ubuntu
should not be hard as a follow-up, volunteer-resources permitting), and not
in a repository that is publically accessible,. Hopefully we will more to say
about his at useR 2009.


| Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
| > 
| > On 8 February 2009 at 20:36, Tom Backer Johnsen wrote:
| > | Dear me.  Is the installation of R under Ubuntu really that complex?  I 
| > | have a dual boot machine (Linux / Windows, where I use the latter the 
| > | most) and have plans to try R under Linux, but have not done so yet.  Is 
| > | it possible to simplify the Linux install procedure to make R more 
| > | accessible to novices?
| > 
| > Yes. 'sudo apt-get install r-base ess ggobi' and you have working R, ESS
| > and
| > Ggobi.  Start Emacs, type 'M-x R' and you have an R session inside Emacs.
| > 
| > Is that really easier to accomplish in Windows?
| > 
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