[R] R for Debian 2.2

Douglas Bates bates at stat.wisc.edu
Tue Oct 17 15:42:29 CEST 2000

MJ Ray <mjr at stats200.mth.uea.ac.uk> writes:

> Griffith Feeney <gfeeney at hawaii.edu> writes:
> > I've recently installed Debian/GNU Linux 2.2. The R package on the debian
> > website and Official CD is 0.90.x, so I checked cran for a more recent deb
> > package, with the following result.
> Check debian's unstable collection for the packages you desire.  You
> may need to move to unstable to use the latest R, or at least upgrade
> some parts of your stable system manually.

Actually you don't need to do that.  Even the packages in the unstable
directory will get out of date as soon as the unstable directory is
frozen.  The problem is that there is usually a 6-month time lag and
often much longer between the time that a distribution is frozen and
the time it is released and I cannot upload packages based on new
upstream sources to the frozen distribution.  That is why the version
of r-base in Debian 2.2 is 0.90.1, which is ancient by R standards.

Griffith's original approach is now the preferred approach.  We store
Debian packages of recent versions of R for both the stable and
unstable distributions in the CRAN tree.  Thanks to Fritz Leisch and
Kurt Hornik those directories are now configured so the URL can be added to your
/etc/apt/sources.list file and you have direct access through apt.
The only thing that Griffith has to change is to add a standard
Debian archive for the main distribution in /etc/apt/sources.list.
apt will then detect that it needs to install atlas2 and pick it up
from the standard archive.

> Be aware that unstable tends to be just that and it's not a move to
> take lightly.  It would be nicer if someone would build a package of
> the latest R against debian-stable if possible and put that in CRAN.
> (I can't as my statistics machines don't run debian any more.
> Besides, I hate building debs.)

It's there in $CRAN/bin/linux/debian/dists/stable/main/binary-i386/
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