[R] installing the x86_64 R Binary on Fedora Core 5

From: roger bos <roger.bos_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri 25 Aug 2006 - 00:53:19 EST

I am looking for help install the x86_64 R Binary onto my FC5 machine. At the risk of subjecting myself to tons of criticism, I must confess that I don't know anything about Linux and I have never compiled R from source. Therefore, I choose FC5 because I see that a 64-bit binary is already available.

Here is what I tried: I installed FC5 with all options (productivity, software development, and web server). FC5 boots up fine. I downloaded all the R binary files in that FC5 directory to my USB drive and copied them onto my linux machine (where I don't yet have internet access). I created a folder in my rbos's Home directory and copied the files there. I clicked on the R-2.3.1-1.fc5.x86_64.rpm and right-clicked to choose 'open with "install software"' It asked me for my root password. I put in the same root password I choose when I installed FC5. I get a "installing packages" screen that shows the R filename and I click Apply. It then give me an Error: "Unable to retrieve software information".

Can anyone tell me what steps I am missing? The R install guide states that binary installs are platform specific so it only considers building from the sources. I look forward to learning a lot about Linux and using more than just the GUI, but to get started, I just want to learn how to install a binary of R.

Thanks so much,


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