Re: [R] Installing R into home directory?

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Date: Fri, 04 Jul 2008 11:55:56 +1200

On Tue, 01-Jul-2008 at 09:46AM +0100, Steve Cadman wrote:

|> I've been trying to install R into a user's home directory for them
|> by compiling from source code, on a machine for which neither of us
|> has administrative access. I've run configure using the --prefix
|> option to specify their home directory.

I don't find that necessary. Simply run ./configure from the directory you wish the installation to take place, then 'make' works fine. My guess is that you are not working as the owner of that /home/ directory, otherwise, you'd have no problem AFAIK. I could see that would create issues (not that I've tried it).

|> This seems to work OK up to a point, but when running make, it
|> seems to expect to be able to install IDL into /usr/local/, and if
|> you are unable to do this, you seem to have to abort make. Any
|> ideas as to how I can work round this?

So I suppose you never got as far as 'make install'. Well, it's not necessary, even if it is possible. I make a link in my ~/bin/ directory which points to the R executable I've created by the make process. Of course, you'd have to do something else if the user doesn't have ~/bin/ in the PATH.

That's a handy approach in that it gives you the ability to have several versions of R available, and unless you have a defect in your OS, installing R on Linux is a doddle.


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