[R] Advice please ...
Peter Dalgaard BSA
p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Wed Oct 14 16:16:02 CEST 1998
John Logsdon <j.logsdon at lancaster.ac.uk> writes:
> Hello R-ists
> Have been lurking on the list for a while, I have noticed recently two
> 1 There seem to be problems with installing R on SuSe Linux
> version 5.3. As the list only gets problems and doesn't log the
> successes, has anyone successfully loaded R on SuSe 5.3? Is this a
> feature of 0.62.3 only or do the problems apply also to earlier versions.
It's a feature of SuSE only. Apparently it only affects some of the
contributed stuff and compiling with f2c solves it.
> 2 There was a list of outstanding problems from Jim Lindsey that
> have appeared in 0.62.3 that were not there on 0.62.1.
> I need to upgrade from RH4.1 Linux and was proposing to use SuSe once the
> YasT English problem is solved. Upgrading is always quite a
> time-consuming affair, particularly as I will copy /usr/local, /home and
> /etc and rebuild completely.
What's wrong with RH5.1?? You still need to rebuild /usr/local because
of the glibc thing, but most everything else upgrades quite smoothly.
> So my question is, what R to load? I still have 0.50 on my system and
> need to upgrade, given that I will use SuSe 5.3. Would you suggest I:
> a Load 0.62.3, the latest version
> b Load 0.62.1, which works with Jim's libraries
> c Wait a little for 0.62.3+x next release which will have these
For each new bug reported by Jim, there are tens of bugs fixed between
the two versions. Most of the items on his list were either his
*opinion* on things that he wants us to do differently, annoying
features that have been there all along, or items introduced for
S-plus compatibility. You don't want the bugs of 0.62.1, believe me.
You'll wait a long time for 0.62.4. Next version will be 0.63,
complete with its own set of nasty bugs brought about by internal
> BTW can I suggest, after the recent RSS News article, that all
> publications should reference the software used. This should help to
> promote R and to ensure that the valuable support from all the
> institutions is retained since citations indexes would show how much it
> was used. The correct reference for R was on the list a little while ago.
Actually, the correct reference for R would be the manual for the
relevant version. Unfortunately that's not a publication. As soon as
it get somewhere near complete, I hope that we can make sure that
each version (or at least the major ones) gets an ISBN number, etc.
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