Re: [R] Is R portable?

From: Bert Gunter <gunter.berton_at_gene.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2007 08:46:29 -0800

On Windows anyway, R can be located in any directory including one on a flash drive). R can also be set up to make no use of the registry (again -- Windows only), so AFAICS the answer is yes, and it's trivial to do. I would be surprised if this were not true in other OS's, too. R is just an executable with supporting libraries that can be located and run from anywhere. Of course, various configuration details (file locations, language environment, graphics options,...) must be set to agree with the particular computer hardware and software on which the flash drive runs, but that is inevitable (if R was told it should use a cyrillic character set for Russian, it won't automatically switch to French when the flash drive is stuck into a French computer).

If I am wrong about any of this, **PLEASE CORRECT**

Bert Gunter
Genentech Nonclinical Statistics

-----Original Message-----
From: r-help-bounces_at_r-project.org [mailto:r-help-bounces_at_r-project.org] On Behalf Of Tom Backer Johnsen
Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2007 8:03 AM
To: r-help_at_stat.math.ethz.ch
Subject: [R] Is R portable?

Recently I came across an interesting web site: http://portableapps.com/. The idea is simple, this is software that is possible to install and run on some type of USB memory, a stick or one of these hard disks. I can think of a number of situations where this could be handy. In addition memory sticks are getting cheaper and more powerful by the day.

So: Is it possible to run R off one of these sticks?

I am also informed that it is possible to run Latex in this manner.

Tom



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