R-beta: RPM and .deb packages for R-0.61

Douglas Bates (bates@stat.wisc.edu)
31 Dec 1997 12:40:24 -0600

To: r-help@stat.math.ethz.ch
Subject: R-beta: RPM and .deb packages for R-0.61
From: Douglas Bates <bates@stat.wisc.edu>
Date: 31 Dec 1997 12:40:24 -0600

This may have been announced before but there are now both Debian
GNU/Linux and RedHat Linux packages for R-0.61 on the CRAN archive
sites.  The master site for CRAN is
That site provide a list of available mirror sites.  Within the CRAN
archive sites the pre-compiled packages for Linux are located in the
bin/i386-linux directory.

Under RedHat you can install the package directly over the network if
you know the URL for ftp access.  For example, to use the version on
my mirror at franz.stat.wisc.edu you would, as root, run

rpm -Uhv ftp://franz.stat.wisc.edu/pub/R/bin/i386-linux/r-base-0.61.0-2.i386.rpm

The Debian GNU/Linux package will become an official part of the
Debian 2.0 distribution in the next few days.  This Debian
distribution, based on the thread-safe version 2 of the GNU C library,
is still in beta test.

The .deb package on the CRAN sites is built against an earlier version
of the C library so it can be installed on systems running Debian
1.3 or 1.3.1

These packages are contributed to CRAN for your convenience.  As
always when installing software over the network, you should be
cautious of the security implications.  R-0.61 builds fairly easily on
a Linux system and you may want to consider picking up the sources and
compiling it yourself if this network installation looks too insecure
for you.

Happy New Year to all.
Douglas Bates                            bates@stat.wisc.edu
Statistics Department                    608/262-2598
University of Wisconsin - Madison        http://www.stat.wisc.edu/~bates/
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