[R] use R remotely (ssh / shell / emacs)

Jeff Newmiller jdnewmil at dcn.davis.CA.us
Sun Jul 29 04:46:57 CEST 2012

Unix-ish operating systems often have X-Windows installed for GUI programs.  In this environment, it is very common to log in remotely and run GUI programs on the remote computer that open windows on your local screen.

It is also possible to run a vnc or Remote Terminal service/daemon on the remote computer so that you can see a copy of the GUI screen of the remote computer on your local computer. (RT is much more common on Microsoft Windows remote computers, vnc is more operating-system agnostic.)

R runs fine either way, but each approach has its own quirks and advantages.

Setting such software up is definitely off topic here.
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Martin Batholdy <batholdy at googlemail.com> wrote:

>I have a laptop and a desktop PC.
>Now I was wondering, if it is possible to create a setup in which you
>can use the laptop (where ever you are) to remotely access the PC, open
>an R-instance and let the PC do the heavy computation.
>I have no idea about remote control, wake-on-lan, ssh and all these
>I just wanted to know if someone here on the list is actually working
>with such a setup and if, once all is configured, it works reliable.
>how much work it is to set it up with an editor like emacs?
>And for which buzzwords should I search the internet?
>sorry if that is the wrong mailing-list for this kind of questions,
>I just hope to get some input on the topic.
>R-help at r-project.org mailing list
>PLEASE do read the posting guide
>and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code.

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