[R] Question regarding different R versions on an enterprise network server

Jeff Newmiller jdnewmil at dcn.davis.CA.us
Thu May 21 19:03:48 CEST 2015

3.2 library is in a different directory than 3.1 library.

You might benefit from reading the discussion about packages in the installation manual for R.
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On May 21, 2015 9:21:28 AM PDT, "Assaf P. Oron" <assaf at uw.edu> wrote:
>Hi all,
>I represent R users vs. IT dept. at my workplace (yes, an enviable task
>We've managed to get a workable network-based R application, for people
>work remotely, or don't have a machine (i.e., they use a VDI terminal).
>Everything in this organization is staunchly Windows and Microsoft.
>We've agreed to upgrade only once yearly, to save IT resources. Now
>upgrading, and I would like users to be able to keep their old R 3.1.0
>directory trees like it's available on a single Windows machine. At
>for a few months, so that people can evaluate back-compatibility if
>need. In fact, we have an even older server-based 3.0.1, which happens
>be  the only R version for which the Tableaux-R connection works (at
>according to my colleagues, I don't use Tableaux).
>Anyway, long story short. That was just the motivating example. The
>I'm dealing with is whether a network application that has several
>of R (3.1.z, 3.2.z), etc., all available, and each reading and
>libraries to a different folder tree.
>The libraries right now are installed into each user's "personal" share
>drive. It's pretty stable. However, obviously the 3.2.z libraries will
>overwrite the 3.1.z.
>My IT contact says it's impossible, because the Windows app name is
>just Rgui.exe, and they can only have one set of instructions
>with the same app name (i.e., what folders to go to, etc.)
>I wonder whether anyone has had experience with this, or I should just
>up and alert people that if they want to explore various historical
>of R and the associated packages, they will have to work around and/or
>install and uninstall lots of packages each time.

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