[R] console under Mandrake

Adrian Dusa adi at roda.ro
Fri Oct 22 20:54:09 CEST 2004

Thank you for your both answers,

As you might have guessed, I am initiating myself in the Linux wizardry. I
have absolutely nothing against command line, I was just heavily used to the
Windows console mode; a terminal window is just fine. Actually, I only used
the console to install packages from CRAN, anyway; I'm sure I'll find the
commands for this.
I read the manuals; it probably didn't work for me because I do not use GNOME
but KDE.

So command line it is... and most probably ESS.
Best regards,

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Dalgaard [mailto:p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk]
Sent: 22 octombrie 2004 19:11
To: Adrian Dusa; r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
Subject: Re: [R] console under Mandrake

Prof Brian Ripley <ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk> writes:

> On Fri, 22 Oct 2004, Adrian Dusa wrote:
> > I recently compiled R 2.0.0 under Mandrake 9, but it won't run unless in a
> > terminal; is there a way to run it in a console, like in Windows?
> Yes.  Did you read the manual the INSTALL file pointed you to?
> See appendix B.6 in the version I am looking at.
> Or see `An Introduction to R' appendix B.1 and look for --gui.
> [To run the GNOME console I think you need R-patched, not 2.0.0 as
> distributed.]
> Another approach is to run John Fox's Rcmdr package that provides a
> console.

Actually, that one is more of a script submission device. (It has
nowhere to just type and press Enter, you need to edit, select, and
press Submit. Which is a good thing for some modes of operation.)

You'll find that the Linux consoles are not nearly as developed as the
Windows one and hardly anyone is using --gui. There are two good reasons:

1) It's really not that horrible to use the command line in a terminal
   window on Linux.

2) Many people like to use ESS (see the FAQ) and run everything from

and of course the bad reason: That there isn't much there. However,
had there been a real need, someone would likely have put in the
relevant improvements.

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