[R] building from source after installing binary package

Ramon Diaz-Uriarte rdiaz at cnio.es
Fri May 6 17:00:30 CEST 2005

On Friday 06 May 2005 09:48, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> On Fri, 6 May 2005, Uwe Ligges wrote:
> > Diaz.Ramon wrote:
> >> 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.
> >
> > Yes, simply install to another directory, e.g. by telling configure:
> >
> > ./configure --prefix=/I/want/to/have/R/installed/here
> I don't think that is the point: Ramon must have done that as the default
> installation place is /usr/local/lib/R.

Yes, I did change the --prefix because Debian installs to /usr/lib.

> I think this is a Debian-specific question (there is a R-debian list) and
> the point may be to make use of the binary Debian packages.  I would

Yes, that is correct (I guess I was not being very clear... too late last 
night). I'll ask in the debian list; I asked here just in case people with 
other GNU/Linux distributions did (or did not) do similar things.

> advocate installing R from the sources into /usr/local, and having
> separate directory trees both for packages you install and for Debian
> packages.  Then you can manipulate which packages are seen via R_LIBS.

Thanks. I'll try that.


Ramón Díaz-Uriarte
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