Re: [R] How to install R 2.5 with Synaptic in Ubuntu?

From: Stefan Große <>
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 09:29:23 +0200

>I'm using Ubuntu dapper, which only have R of Version 2.2.1.

>Would anybody tell me how to install the latest version of R with

from the CRAN Ubuntu readme- works for synaptic as well:

R packages for Ubuntu on i386 are available. The plans are to support at least the latest Ubuntu release and the latest LTS release. Currently (April 2007), these are Feisty Fawn (7.04) and Dapper Drake (6.06), respectively. Since Feisty was released very shortly before R 2.5.0, binary packages *for this release of R* are also available for Edgy Eft (6.10).

To obtain the latest R packages, add an entry like

  deb http://my.favorite.cran.mirror/bin/linux/ubuntu feisty/


  deb http://my.favorite.cran.mirror/bin/linux/ubuntu edgy/


  deb http://my.favorite.cran.mirror/bin/linux/ubuntu dapper/

in your /etc/apt/sources.list file. See
for the list of CRAN mirrors. To install the complete R system, use

  sudo apt-get update
  sudo apt-get install r-base

Users who need to compile packages should also install the r-base-dev package:

  sudo apt-get install r-base-dev

The R packages for Ubuntu should otherwise behave like the Debian ones. For more information, see the README file in

The Ubuntu archives on CRAN are signed with the key of "Vincent Goulet <>" with key ID E2A11821. You can fetch this with

  gpg --keyserver --recv-key E2A11821

and then you feed the key to apt-key with

  gpg -a --export E2A11821 | sudo apt-key add -

Some people have reported difficulties using this approach. The issue was usually related to a firewall blocking port 11371. An alternative approach is to search for the key at and copy the key to a plain text file, say key.txt. Then, feed the key to apt-key with

  sudo apt-key add key.txt

The Debian R packages are maintained by Dirk Eddelbuettel and Doug Bates. The Ubuntu packages are compiled for i386 by Vincent Goulet.

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