[R] installing R on Ubuntu, can ignore warning messages?

Robert Wilkins robstdev at gmail.com
Thu Oct 15 05:01:21 CEST 2009

It does, thank you. I was able to understand enough of it to do the
install successfully . Still trying to understand the later paragraphs
such as install.package() and the r-cran-foo build dependencies. (the
site you pointed me to is the same site i did a printout of yesterday
to try to do an install, the readme file prints to 3 pages).

Is there an easy way to:
1: List the R-related packages and add-ons that are already installed?
no point in trying to install what you already got!
2: List the R-related packages and add-ons that are available?
Probably a big number of them?

Also, for people who try Ubuntu out for the first time could be thrown
for a loop by the weird way it handles the root account:

thanks again.

On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 10:38 PM, Ista Zahn <istazahn at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Instructions for authenticating the cran repositories are here:
> http://cran.r-project.org/bin/linux/ubuntu/
> r-base comes with whatever the base R libraries are (stats, graphics
> etc.). I don't know if MASS in particular is in base because I don't
> use it directly.
> As far as I know it's safe to ignore the warnings, but they annoy me
> so I always following the instructions linked above.
> The list of packages regularly updated in the cran repo are also
> listed on the webpage linked above.
> A couple of further tips:
> 1) I usually install packages with sudo aptitude install r-cran-xxx
> and then make sure they are up-to date by running update.packages() in
> R.
> 2) You can also install packages using the regular install.packages()
> in an R session.
> Hope that helps,
> -Ista
> On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 10:11 PM, robstdev <robstdev at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Installing R on Ubuntu 8.10,
>> ( using sudo apt-get install r-base , and using one of the cran sites
>> (cran.cnr.berkeley.edu))
>> the installation process says something about not having some gpg
>> public key and
>> "are you sure you want to download non-authenticated stuff [y/n]"  (to
>> which I answered yes).
>> I'm assuming this warning can be ignored?
>> Also: even though the Ubuntu install and online update did a GCC
>> install the other day, the R installation did an update of some GCC
>> files, which I thought was odd. Probably I can ignore that too.
>> Once you've installed R, does that automatically include some data
>> examples ( such as that MASS library ? )?
>> Or does that require further downloads?
>> Also, thanks for the previous tips
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> --
> Ista Zahn
> Graduate student
> University of Rochester
> Department of Clinical and Social Psychology
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