Re: [R] R-update - what about packages and ESS?

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Sat 19 Aug 2006 - 01:24:45 EST

Without knowing your OS this is hard to answer (and is the wrong list for the ESS question).

For Windows users, the packages part is covered in the rw-FAQ.

For Unix-alikes, it all depends how the update was done, but normal package update mechanisms (such as RPM) will not wipe out previously installed R packages: nor will 'make install'.

In either case you don't need root access to install packages, as you can use a private library. We have things set up so a user's R_LIBS is something like

        R_LIBS=~/Rlibrary:/usr/local/Rlibs:/usr/local/BioC

and then install.packages() automatically installs into the user's own library (if it has been created).

On Fri, 18 Aug 2006, Christian Hennig wrote:

> Hi there,
>
> it seems that if I update R, it doesn't find previously installed packages
> anymore and is also not found by ESS.
> Actually the update has been done by our system administrator who assumed
> that there would be no problems with these things (I don't have root
> access to this system) and will perhaps not be too keen on installing
> everything else again.
> Is there any simple way how ESS and the packages can be connected to the
> new R?
>
> I remember that whenever I updated R on my private computers, I installed
> everything else again as well - but that's certainly not everybodies
> taste...
>
> Best,
> Christian
>
>
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