[R] Installation folder

Jeff Newmiller jdnewmil at dcn.davis.CA.us
Thu Jan 9 05:16:31 CET 2014

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The fact that updates are going to your Documents directory means you don't have to switch to administrator privileges to update your packages. This is a very good thing, not a problem. R will pick and choose from your library directory before falling back to the system directory so you should always be working with the latest versions of packages. The system directories won't get updated, but it won't matter unless you share your Windows machine with another R user, and even then they will have control over updating their library directory when they want to.

The software itself must be updated as administrator, but that is rather infrequent compared to package updates. The R installer usually triggers a dialog that does this for you, so you shouldn't have to think about it.
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array chip <arrayprofile at yahoo.com> wrote:
>Hi, I noticed that when I install/update packages, the installation
>folder is C:/User/My Document/R, not in C:/Program Files/R. R itself
>was still in Program Files folder. Don't know how this has happened. It
>used to work ok.<br/><br/>Any clues or how to correct the problem is
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