[R] R on an ASUS eee PC, continued - installing packages

From: Millo Giovanni <Giovanni_Millo_at_Generali.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 12:45:22 +0200

Dear all,

I just went through the process of installing R on an eeePC 900 running Linux. As a Windows useR utterly ignorant about Linux, I'd never have done it without reading your posts and the R Wiki, so first of all: thank you!
Next, taking up your thread from some weeks ago, I thought this could be useful for somebody else too, so here's what I did:

  1. I followed wolfgang's step-by-step guide at http://finzi.psych.upenn.edu/R/Rhelp02a/archive/128565.html, plus
  2. I installed the build dependencies as shown in R Wiki:

## quoting from

http://wiki.r-project.org/rwiki/doku.php?id=getting-started:installation :debian#build_r ##
How much supporting software you need to install depends on how much compilation you want to be able to do with R. If you just want to be able to run R, you can get r-base-core and all the recommended packages by doing:

sudo apt-get install r-base

If you want to be able to build and install R packages (including those from CRAN), you can get all the common header files, as well as r-base-core by doing:

sudo apt-get install r-base-dev

If you want to be able to build R from its source code, you can get build dependencies for R (e.g., compilers, header files) by doing:

sudo apt-get build-dep r-base
## end quote ##

This way I got all the necessary compilers, headers etc. automagically installed as well, so that install.packages() works fine now: I installed the whole "Econometrics" task view without problems. I still haven't tried to install Rmetrics in order to save space on the little machine, because I do not currently need it, but it should go the same way: maybe this can solve John's problem?

I am aware that probably removing the original OS and installing Debian as suggested by Dirk Eddelbuettel here
http://finzi.psych.upenn.edu/R/Rhelp02a/archive/128605.html would be a better solution, but I am a complete Linux newbie, never ever tried it before, so it's good both for me and for family use to retain the original "easy mode" GUI while having R running on the same machine. Full desktop mode (=standard KDE) is also easily enabled by adding kicker and ksmserver (see http://wiki.eeeuser.com/howto:getkde, I did it "the manual way" and it worked; just take heed that kicker and ksmserver were not found in the '900's repository and I had to take them from the '701's).

The only thing I wish I were able to do now is to have the graphics windows defaults changed to a size fitting the small 9'' screen, as now I have to reduce it and move it to the right by hand every time to reproduce the results of 'windows>tile" in Windows. If anybody can help...


Giovanni Millo
Research Dept.,
Assicurazioni Generali SpA
Via Machiavelli 4,
34131 Trieste (Italy)
tel. +39 040 671184
fax +39 040 671160

# original message:
From: John C Frain <frainj>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2008 15:33:31 +0100

Thanks for the step by step guide. It installs a base R and some libraries very well. I tries to load some of the Rmetrics libraries, using install.packages() nu ran into problems. I used apt-get install to install make and gcc from the Xandros repository. gcc also included binutils, gcc-4.1 and libsspo. Is there an easy answer to the question what I need to install to get the install process working. The R Installation and Administration guide says that I just need the compilers and tools. Installing robustbase gives the following messages. (If it is as simple as R not being able to find the header files how do I tell R where to find them?).

Best Regards


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