[R] can R be run without installation on to a computer

Marc Schwartz (via MN) mschwartz at mn.rr.com
Fri Mar 31 22:59:06 CEST 2006

On Sat, 2006-04-01 at 06:45 +1000, Bob Green wrote:
> I have been trying for a year to get approval to install R on a work 
> computer and am not optimistic of a positive reply in the near future. I 
> was considering whether an option might be to run R from a CD/USB stick.  I 
> looked through the installation manual but could see no mention of this option.
> If it is possible to run R from a CD or a USB stick without installation to 
> a computer, I would appreciate direction to information or advice on how 
> this might be done,
> Any assistance is appreciated,
> regards
> Bob Green

Your e-mail headers suggest that you are on Windows, thus you might want
to review this post by Prof. Ripley in a thread from 2004 addressing
this issue:


Alternatively, if you are comfortable running Linux, Dirk Eddelbuettel
has kindly provided Quantian:


which is a Debian Linux based distribution that can run as a Live CD and
can be booted from the CD without having to actually install it.


Marc Schwartz

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