[Rd] use one custom package with multiple R versions?

From: Andrew Piskorski <atp_at_piskorski.com>
Date: Thu 30 Nov 2006 - 13:48:13 GMT

I'd like to install several different versions of R from source. I'm doing this on Ubuntu Linux 6.06 Dapper x86-64, which ships with R 2.2.1, so the versions of R I want to use are (for now) 2.2.1, 2.4.x, and the development head.

Fetching the sources with Subversion and running configure with something like "--prefix=/usr/local/R-2.4-branch-20061130" is straightforward, but are there any other best practices I should be aware of for using multiple R installs?

In particular, I wonder how to best handle my custom R packages, some of which contain compiled C or Fortran. Is it safe to use only ONE copy of each of my packages for all versions of R, or do I need a separate version of each package for each R version?

If I do need a separate package per version of R, is it possible (and advisable?) to manage that from a single source tree, or am I forced to have multiple source working copies?

(I see that R CMD INSTALL has a "--with-package-versions" option, but I think that's about using multiple versions of a package with one version of R, while I want the vice versa.)


Andrew Piskorski <atp@piskorski.com>

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