[R] Running R from CD?

John Fox jfox at mcmaster.ca
Mon Nov 22 14:04:21 CET 2004

Dear Jari,

When I distribute an R Windows CD/ROM to students, I generally include both
the installer and an installed version. This allows students who don't want
to or can't install the software to use it. They pay a big penalty in speed,
however. A flash drive would provide better performance if this is a viable

It's not really necessary to do anything as elaborate as in my Rcmdr
instructions if the CD is for one's own use: Just install to the CD (copy
over installed versions of whatever contributed packages you want to use)
and run rgui.exe from it.


John Fox
Department of Sociology
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada L8S 4M4

> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch 
> [mailto:r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Jari Oksanen
> Sent: Monday, November 22, 2004 3:42 AM
> To: bogdan romocea
> Cc: hans at vanwalen.com; R-News
> Subject: Re: [R] Running R from CD?
> On Mon, 2004-11-22 at 02:41, bogdan romocea wrote:
> > Better install and run R from a USB flash drive. This will save you 
> > the trouble of re-writing the CD as you upgrade and install new 
> > packages. Also, you can simply copy the R installation on your work 
> > computer (no install rights needed); R will run.
> > 
> I think there is a niche (= a hole in the wall) for a live 
> CD: it is cheaper to distribute 20 copies of CD's to your 
> audience than 20 USB memory sticks. Instructions would be welcome.
> > 
> > From: Hans van Walen <hans_at_vanwalen.com>
> > At work I have no permission to install R. So, would anyone know 
> > whether it is possible to create a CD with a running R-installation 
> > for a windows(XP) pc? And of course, how to?
> > 
> Check the file Getting-Started-with-the-Rcmdr.pdf in John 
> Fox's Rcmdr package. You should be able to reach this package 
> by launching help.start(), and then browsing its directory in 
> the help browser window. Go to chapter "7. Some Suggestions 
> for Instructors" which tells you how to make a live CD of R 
> in Windows. I haven't tried this, since I don't have Windows, 
> but I sure will when I got to be an "instructor" in a Windows class.
> cheers, jari oksanen
> --
> Jari Oksanen <jarioksa at sun3.oulu.fi>
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