[R] Debian Rcmdr misses sem leaps etc?

John Fox jfox at mcmaster.ca
Sat May 23 16:02:00 CEST 2015

Dear Peter,

On Sat, 23 May 2015 08:40:52 +0200
 Peter van Summeren <peter_van_summeren at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks to all who answered me,
> After reading all the mails I got, I did the following:- I logged in as root in Debian Jessie- I started Rcmdr.   it told me that some files are missing,   it offered me to get them,    I did not fill in anything, just said ok,   I had to choose a website from where to download, ok,   it  downloaded and it  worked quite  a lot,   in the end it said: the downloaded packages are in /temp/Rtmp25kiWx/downloaded_packages,-  Rcmdr came up neatly,-  I changed to normal user mode, Rcmdr came up neatly.
> The reason I choose to log in as root, was that I was unsure what would happen in the process.

As I said, I'm not a Debian user, but I don't believe that it was necessary for you to log in as root to install R packages. It's also unclear to me whether you *tried* doing this as an ordinary user -- that is, simply clicking OK in the dialog box that offered to install missing R packages and then selecting a CRAN mirror from which those packages would be downloaded.

> As root I can maintain "rights".All my R-packages I downloaded as normal user with a package commander. When some Debian developer reads the above: why was the usual package commander not enough?

That would require that Dirk package for Debian *all* the R packages used by the Rcmdr and their dependencies, which would be a lot of work -- unnecessary work since R packages can be installed directly from CRAN without being repackaged for Debian.


John Fox, Professor
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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> with friendly greetings,Peter 		 	   		  
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