[R] Installing R on Slackware Linux

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Thu Dec 2 12:44:06 CET 1999

Murray Jorgensen <maj at waikato.ac.nz> writes:

> I'd like to thank Markus Jantti, John Maindonald, Peter Malewski, Mathew
> Wiener and Jonathan Yuen for their help. As most pointed out, the .INSTALL
> file is quite good. Just the same, for a linux novice like me it did help
> to have much the same thing said in several different ways.
> I still don't know what to do with the old 0.65.1 directory tree. [ It was
> a minor triumph of mine when I figured out how to use the "find" command
> properly and by searching for config.status, which one of the replies let
> me know was a file in the tree, actually succeeded in finding the R0.65.1
> directory tree.]
> Now what do I do?
> * Delete the old directory tree before installing the new version?
>   (and risk ending up with no R at all)
> * Leave the old directory tree and install the new version?
>    (and possibly still get the old version when I type "R")
> Or maybe uninstalling is more complicated than deleting the tree - it
> certainly is in Windows!
> I truly do hope that there are lurking newbies out there that make my
> asking such basic questions worthwhile!

Well, it will unpack in a separate directory and you can build and
test the new version there, it is only when you enter "make install"
that you'll be overwriting files in system locations. The R-0.65.1
directory can be kept if you wish.

Normally, no harm comes from installing on top of a previous
installation, but if you want to be sure delete /usr/local/bin/R
and  /usr/local/bin/*Rd* (hoping that nothing else matches the
wildcards...) and "rm -rf /usr/local/lib/R" befor installing.

If something goes haywire, it should still be possible to go to
R-0.65.1, type "make install" and have the old version reinstalled.

All assuming that you used "make install" with the standard locations
the last time round.

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