[R] Question regarding different R versions on an enterprise network server
Assaf P. Oron
assaf at uw.edu
Thu May 21 20:09:25 CEST 2015
Thanks for the quick response.
@Duncan: The IT person says he cannot rename the binary. Naturally that's
the first suggestion I made to him. I found it odd but he's the IT person
OTOH if I have authoritative word from the R team that it's perfectly
doable, I can get back to him :)
@Jeff: Since it's a network app, on their side it doesn't sit in a 'folder'
so there's no way for the different Rgui.exe's to reference different
folders. If they are called the same, they will all read off of the same
On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 9:54 AM, Duncan Murdoch <murdoch.duncan at gmail.com>
> On 21/05/2015 12:21 PM, Assaf P. Oron 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 we're
>> 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 least
>> for a few months, so that people can evaluate back-compatibility if they
>> need. In fact, we have an even older server-based 3.0.1, which happens to
>> be the only R version for which the Tableaux-R connection works (at least
>> 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 installing
>> 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 now
>> overwrite the 3.1.z.
>> My IT contact says it's impossible, because the Windows app name is always
>> just Rgui.exe, and they can only have one set of instructions associated
>> with the same app name (i.e., what folders to go to, etc.)
> If you are doing the install, you can rename Rgui.exe to something else,
> e.g. rename the old one to Rgui31.exe.
> The default setup already installs user packages into a local directory
> with a versioned name, so that shouldn't be a problem.
> See ?R_LIBS for details on that.
> Duncan Murdoch
>> 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 layers
>> of R and the associated packages, they will have to work around and/or
>> install and uninstall lots of packages each time.
Assaf P. Oron, Ph.D.
Senior Statistician, Children's Core for Biomedical Statistics
(206)884-1236, assaf.oron at seattlechildrens.org
Consulting statistician, Seattle DEEDS Project
Instructor, UW Certificate for Statistical Analysis with R
assaf at uw.edu
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