Re: [R] Linux configuration (Ubuntu)

From: Martin Maechler <maechler_at_stat.math.ethz.ch>
Date: Wed 20 Sep 2006 - 13:42:55 GMT

>>>>> "UweL" == Uwe Ligges <ligges@statistik.uni-dortmund.de> >>>>> on Wed, 20 Sep 2006 01:03:30 +0200 writes:

    UweL> Brian Edward wrote:
>> Hello all,
>>
>> I have been a R user for about a year now, running on a MS Windows machine.
>> I am in the process of making a complete switch to open-source. Linux is a
>> new world to me. Ubuntu was my selection of the various distributions.
>> Please pardon this very basic question (I was unable to locate an answer on
>> R or Ubuntu). I used Synaptic to download the necessary files to run.
>> However, I was unable to locate the program using the Add/Remove feature.
>> So, I created a Launcher for R on the desktop and identified the executable
>> file. The path I entered into the Command Line was: /usr/bin/R
>> I can run R in the Terminal, but not as a separate desktop location. So,
>> the short question is, what is the specific command line or configuration I
>> should be using to run R? Or, am I supposed to be running R in the
>> Terminal?

    UweL> Short answer: yes, long answer, yes, unless you want to use some very 
    UweL> capable editor as an environment such ass Emacs + ESS. Look up the 
    UweL> documentation and the list archives fo details on Emacs and ESS.

Of course, I'm strongly suggesting the "unless", i.e. using Emacs + ESS.

Further note that Ubuntu (as all other Linux distributions derived from Debian) provides ESS as a standard package you can simply install, e.g., via Synaptic.
Note that you need to activate the 'Universe' {in the sources that Synaptic or other package installers  search} for that, but I assume you've done that anyway for the
R-related ubuntu packages.

And yes, I believe Ubuntu is a very good choice when upgrading from Windows!

Martin



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