[R] debian vcd package
Jan T. Kim
jtk at cmp.uea.ac.uk
Thu Jul 21 17:45:12 CEST 2005
On Thu, Jul 21, 2005 at 03:55:29PM +0100, Peter Ho wrote:
> [Apologies if you have already read this message sent from another
> email address]
> Hi R-Help,
> I have been using R in Linux (Debian) for the past month. The usual way
> I install packages is through apt. Recently, a new packages "vcd" became
> available on CRAN. I tried installing it today and found that Debian
> does not seem to support this package. I also found that many other
> packages were unavailable.
> Does anyone have any recommended sites where a full list is available?
> If none exist, what would be the best way to move ahead in installing
> say the vcd package.
> I am still a novice in using Debian and so please forgive me if some of
> my questions may seem trivial for experienced users.
Unfortunately, the term "package" means different things in the context
of R and of Debian. A Debian package is what you install using tools like
apt etc. The traditional way of installing an R package on Linux is to
* have R installed from source, or install the r-base-dev Debian
* download the package archive (e.g.
* run the R CMD INSTALL command on it, e.g.
R CMD INSTALL vcd_0.9-0.tar.gz
This requires having a number of development Debian packages installed,
such as gcc, g77 etc (installing r-base-dev will automatically resolve
Best regards, Jan
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