From: Peter Dalgaard <>
Date: Sat 04 Feb 2006 - 00:48:59 EST

Martin Maechler <> writes:

> Martyn> R is designed to run from its build directory. But
> Martyn> if your sysadmin installs it with "make install" (as
> Martyn> root), then the shell wrapper that is installed in
> Martyn> /usr/local/bin/R will have R_HOME pointing to the
> Martyn> right location (/usr/local/lib/R). Literally moving
> Martyn> the build directory to another location is the wrong
> Martyn> thing to do.
> well, but very easily fixable, and that's what Daniel is asking
> for:
> The default value of R_HOME is only set in exactly one place,
> namely the 'R' shell script; editing that script - once after
> the move - is really a piece o'cake.

Hmm, I was about to say the same, but there seems to be unexpected references in other places.

find `R RHOME` | xargs grep `R RHOME`


(this doesn't normally happen - a SUSE RPM specialty, or due to configure flag settings?)

Once you start building packages, you also have things like

viggo:~/>find ~/Rlibrary | xargs grep `R RHOME` Binary file /home/bs/pd/Rlibrary/rgl/libs/ matches

viggo:~/>find ~/Rlibrary | xargs grep Rlibrary

Binary file /home/bs/pd/Rlibrary/rgl/Meta/hsearch.rds matches
Binary file /home/bs/pd/Rlibrary/ISwR/Meta/hsearch.rds matches
Binary file /home/bs/pd/Rlibrary/mvtnorm/Meta/hsearch.rds matches
Binary file /home/bs/pd/Rlibrary/nlmeODE/Meta/hsearch.rds matches

on my laptop I had a hit on one of the Sweave support files too.

Most likely these are quite harmless, but all in all I think Martyn has the safest advice: Use "make install", as root (don't forget "umask 022").

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