Re: [R] I am surprised (and a little irritated)

From: Gabor Csardi <>
Date: Thu 20 Apr 2006 - 05:26:34 EST


I'm irritated as well. Your email should go to some suse mailing list, this is a suse problem, it has (almost) nothing to do with R.

Unfortunately i can't help you (even if i wanted), because i don't want to read the suse manuals. But if you want to use suse you may consider reading them.


On Wed, Apr 19, 2006 at 09:05:22PM +0200, Tom Backer Johnsen wrote:
> I have started with using R on Windows, and I am really happy about
> the system. Now, one of my other ambitions is to learn how to use
> Linux, so yesterday I downloaded OpenSuse and installed that. The
> next problem was to try to use R with Linux. And there I met the
> wall. I've understood that RPM's are somewhat like installing
> programs on Windows, so that was downloaded and started with YAST.

> And got some error messages about missing stuff. The first reactions
> is surprise -- there must be an error in the installation procedure.
> I have never (well, almost) met an installation procedure on Windows

> that did not include everything needed. And the installation of R on
> Windows was very smooth. Then I discover to my big surprise that the
> readme file says that I need to have eight installed packages. Then
> it says "Most of them are included in a standard install". Sigh.
> Then the problem next is to find out which of the eight I already have
> and which ones I need to locate somewhere. Where can I find them I
> wonder. Somewhere on the net? And that is how far I got today.
> So, one of the complaints I have is that the instructions for
> installing R on Linux are very cryptic, and to a large extent assume
> that you already know Linux. Which I do not. And I expect
> instructions on installing should be simple and clear. But I am a
> very experienced computer user, so I really expect to be able to
> understand instructions. I cannot expect my students to manage what I
> cannot manage myself, so Linux is out, or at least Suse Linux. And
> that is a pity, for a number of reasons.
> The second is just as much surprise at the installation procedure.
> Under Windows there are any number of installers which make it easy
> for a programmer to put together all the files needed and place them
> in the right place.
> And simeone should get the OpenSuse people to include R in the
> installation.
> Tom
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