Re: R-alpha: memory size

Peter Dalgaard BSA (
27 Mar 1997 15:30:26 +0100

To: Ross Ihaka <>
Subject: Re: R-alpha: memory size
From: Peter Dalgaard BSA <>
Date: 27 Mar 1997 15:30:26 +0100
In-Reply-To: Ross Ihaka's message of Thu, 27 Mar 1997 21:00:33 +1200 (NZST)
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Ross Ihaka <> writes:

> I have also tried this under 16.1 and had no problems.  One thought
> does spring to mind though.  Have you replaced the old shell-script
> front-end with a current one?

Yes, this is a rather obvious pitfall. You compile R once, then copy
the script to say /usr/local/bin and then you don't really need to do
that again since the old script works (or *almost* works) with newer
versions, as long as they are installed to the same directory. Yet
another reason to change the distribution so as to use the
untar-to-R-0.50.0 convention. 

Maybe one should even "booby-trap" the install and put

R_VERSION=0.50.0 R.binary $*

in the shell script and something to the effect of

if (strcmp(getenv("R_VERSION"),"0.50.0")!=0) 
	crash("Startup script and binary versions differ\n");

at the start of the main program?

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