[R] building from source after installing binary package

Diaz.Ramon rdiaz at cnio.es
Thu May 5 23:35:12 CEST 2005

Dear All,

I've got into the habit of installing R from the precompiled Debian binaries, including many of the packages from the r-cran-* Debian packages, and later building from source (e.g., to link against Goto's BLAS, or to build patched versions, etc). I install the newly built R to the very same place (/usr/lib/R). This allows me to build and update R when I wish, AND provides the ease of quickly updating many packages.

Things have always worked fine, but after a few funny problems (which could be unrelated to the process itself) I've started wondering if this is a rather silly thing to do, and if I should keep my own build separate from the Debian stuff. Any advice would be much appreciated.


Ramón Díaz-Uriarte
Bioinformatics Unit
Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas (CNIO)
(Spanish National Cancer Center)
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