Re: R-alpha: memory size

Martyn Plummer (
Thu, 27 Mar 1997 17:35:31 +0100

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Date: Thu, 27 Mar 1997 17:35:31 +0100
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From: Martyn Plummer <>
Subject: Re: R-alpha: memory size

At 15:44 27/03/97, wrote:

>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. 

Instead of copying the shell script over, I created a symbolic link
from /usr/local/bin/R to /usr/local/lib/R/bin/R. This automatically
gets updated when I rebuild R. And if I put the new version of R
in a different directory and fail to update the link, then I notice
I've still got the old version as soon as I start R up.

Just my 2c tip.


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