Re: [R] Using R under Ubuntu...

From: Ted Harding <>
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2008 16:11:07 +0100 (BST)

On 27-Apr-08 14:25:57, Brian Lunergan wrote:
> Morning all:
> Coming straight to the point. Switched from XP to Ubuntu Linux.
> Followed the steps outlined on the website to install a current
> version of R to my machine. Seems to have worked OK, but the
> process doesn't install it to the desktop. The notes don't go
> into that part of it, so I'm seeking some advice from others more
> experienced on how to take the last couple of steps to make R a
> menu/desktop choice in GNOME.
> Please and thanks.
> Brian Lunerganer
> Nepean, Ontario
> Canada

If you right-click on the desktop background, you should get a dialogue box in which you can choose "Create Launcher". Click on that, and fill in the fields -- above all fill in the "Command" field! Provided you check the box "Run in terminal", you will get a window, with R running, into which you can type commands.

An alternative is to make a generic "xterm" launcher instead, and when this is started up you can run anything in it, including R, by simply typing in its command. I would suggest that, even if you only use this for R, it is a better way to do it.

The "desktop R icon", for instance, will always start R in the same directory, while if you start off with the generic Xterm you can change to whatever project directory you want before starting R. Also, if you want to start R at any time with special options, this is also the way to be able to do that.

Final tip: instead of putting a launcher on the desktop, you can put it instead in the "panel" (which you perhaps think of as a "taskbar") by right-clicking on the panel and then choosing "Add to Panel".

Hoping this helps!

E-Mail: (Ted Harding) <> Fax-to-email: +44 (0)870 094 0861
Date: 27-Apr-08                                       Time: 16:11:05
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