Re: R-alpha: R directory standard

Kurt Hornik (
Wed, 26 Mar 1997 16:26:42 +0100

Date: Wed, 26 Mar 1997 16:26:42 +0100
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From: Kurt Hornik <>
To: Mike Meyer <>
Subject: Re: R-alpha: R directory standard 
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>>>>> Mike Meyer writes:

> 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 prefix.  --Mike

Oops ... O.k.  What we should definitely provide for all platforms is a
`plain' .tar.gz file with filenames relative to the installation dir.

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