[R] Installing add on packages

gb gb at stat.umu.se
Thu Jun 1 00:46:15 CEST 2000

On 31 May 2000, Douglas Bates wrote:

> gb <gb at stat.umu.se> writes:
> > On Wed, 31 May 2000, Robert Schick wrote:
> > 
> > > Hi- I'm a complete newbie trying to install R and the 'tree' package on a
> > > linux box. I installed R successfully using an RPM for Redhat 6.2. I
> > > downloaded the tree*.gz file, ran tar, the fired up R. When I'm at the
> > > >prompt in R, and type 'R INSTALL /usr/apps/tree' I get: 'Error: Syntax
> > > error' I want tree to end up in the default directory so I did not specify
> > > any different paths. Is my syntax wrong?  Thanks.
> > 
> > Correct syntax, wrong place: Try it at the shell prompt, eventually
> > as root.
> Goran is correct that you need to run R INSTALL at the shell prompt.
> If you want to install the library in a private collection you can add
> the -l flag to specify the location of the library.  You should then
> establish an environment variable R_LIBS as a colon-separated list of
> directories in which to look for libraries.
> The call to R INSTALL would look like
> R INSTALL /usr/apps/tree -l ~/.Rlibs
> or something like that.
> Note that with recent versions of R you do not need to expand the tar
> file.  You can give the name of the tar file to the INSTALL command.

You can even do it with the tar.gz file, according to the documentation,
i.e., no need to 'gunzip' before you INSTALL.


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