Re: R-alpha: R directory standard

Mike Meyer (
Wed, 26 Mar 1997 09:00:05 -0500

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Subject: Re: R-alpha: R directory standard 
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 1997 09:00:05 -0500
From: Mike Meyer <> said:
> O.k., here is something to get us started.

> * I think the logical layout is to have

> 	/usr/local/bin/R		# shell script 	/usr/local/lib/R		# `everything' 	/
> usr/local/man/man1/R.1		# man page

> where in the long run `/usr/local' should be read as `installation 
> prefix'. 

I think /usr/local has to be called the installation prefix even in the short 
run.  Some people (like me) do not have permissions to write to /usr/local.  
In our environment /usr/local is a shared campus resource, not our local 
playpen.    For many years we had a lot of trouble modifying software to 
install it in our area, called /usr/statlocal.   In recent years, almost all 
those problems have gone away as most software has allowed an installation 

Mike Meyer, Department of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University

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