[R] How to connect R and WinBUGS/OpenBUGS/LinBUGS in Linux in Feb. 2009

Paul Heinrich Dietrich paul.heinrich.dietrich at gmail.com
Thu Feb 19 01:49:30 CET 2009

Tobias, this looks great!  I'm new to Linux, and I've only installed packages
from within R with install.packages().  I'm guessing that I should unzip
ROpenBUGS to the following path:


...just checking because I'm new and don't want to do it wrong.  Thanks.

This really looks great.  Any thought to making this a permanently available
package on CRAN?

Tobias Verbeke-4 wrote:
> Uwe Ligges wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> I've managed to get JAGS working on my Ubuntu Hardy Linux with a 32-bit
>>> computer and AMD processors using R 2.8.1.  JAGS is great.  I've read 
>>> that
>>> JAGS is the fastest, but that hasn't been my experience.  At any rate, I
>>> have more experience with WinBUGS under Windows and would like a 
>>> version of
>>> that working as well.
>>> It seems like I've read a lot on the subject and tried a lot, but
>>> haven't
>>> managed to get BUGS to work yet.  The most success I've had is to
>>> install
>>> WinBUGS or OpenBUGS using this method:
>>> http://www.math.aau.dk/~slb/kurser/bayes-08/install.html
>>> What you also need to know is that you need to open Wine and add a 
>>> drive. Although Z is recommended, I haven't been able to specify it, 
>>> but have
>>> gotten a D drive to work, using:
>>> wine D:/opt/OpenBUGS/winbugs.exe
>>> Using this method, OpenBUGS opens.  Now, to be able to open it with 
>>> R.  I've
>>> read all sorts of discussions about BRugs (which is no longer on CRAN, 
>>> but
>>> old versions can still be found), rbugs, and R2WinBUGS (which I'm used
>>> to
>>> using on Windows with WinBUGS).  Some people say R2WinBUGS cannot run
>>> OpenBUGS on Linux, some claim they've done it (I think).  It seems the 
>>> same
>>> thing with everything else.  I've tried making the linbugs and cbugs
>>> file
>>> recommended elsewhere online.  It's all very confusing.
>> For short: It is quite unlikely that BRugs / OpenBUGS (which is called 
>> LinBUGS under Linux) works natively under your Linux (although it might 
>> work under very specific settings). 
> As every now and then I get offline requests from people who stumble on 
> this thread
> http://finzi.psych.upenn.edu/R/Rhelp08/archive/132855.html
> to give details on how I got OpenBUGS running under GNU/Linux,
> I made a stripped-down package that does just that. The approach is 
> very, very basic and I only tested this on a few machines and
> distributions, but if it can be useful to anyone, I temporarily
> put it up at
> http://www.openanalytics.be/rOpenBUGS_0.0-1.tar.gz
> Best,
> Tobias
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