Re: [R] Installing R in Fedora Core 4

From: White, Charles E WRAIR-Wash DC <charles.edwin.white_at_us.army.mil>
Date: Sat 20 Aug 2005 - 01:07:59 EST


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On Fri, 8/19, Gavin Simpson wrote:
Peter Dalgaard has noted, on the R-Devel list (sorry I can't provide the link to the mail - the link from the R site to the mail archives wasn't working when I tried), that there are problems with the R rpm from Fedora Extras, including a strange printing bug. I believe Peter now thinks this is a bug in R (seem to have deleted that post - doh) exposed by the compilation flags used by the maintainer of the Fedora Extras rpm.

If you want and rpm to install, then Martyn Plummer provides R binaries for Red Hat / Fedora systems that are available from CRAN e.g: for FC4 http://www.stats.bris.ac.uk/R/bin/linux/redhat/fc4/

Martyn has also made these available via a yum-compatible repository, so the benefits you note of auto-notification of updates etc. apply here as well.

HTH G
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The last time I tried to use the Martyn Plummer RPMs they were compiled without enabling shared libraries and I ended up compiling R myself so that I could use JGR. Messages describing the problem with the version actually on the Extras CD were my other unstated reason for describing yum instead of downloading the CD. I haven't heard there is a problem with Fedora's new RPMs but that doesn't prove that there aren't any. I fully agree with Martyn Plummer's readme notice that describes Fedora Core as bleeding edge technology not to be trusted for production use. Fedora Core describes itself that way.



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