[R] R and UBUNTU startup

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Tue Jul 4 20:03:26 CEST 2017

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> On Jul 4, 2017, at 4:58 AM, PIKAL Petr <petr.pikal at precheza.cz> wrote:
> Hi
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Jeff Newmiller [mailto:jdnewmil at dcn.davis.ca.us]
>> Sent: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 1:02 PM
>> To: r-help at r-project.org; PIKAL Petr <petr.pikal at precheza.cz>; r-help <r-
>> help at r-project.org>
>> Subject: Re: [R] R and UBUNTU startup
>> Q1. No.
>> Q2. What do you do? Did you follow the instructions at [1]? If you go to the top
>> level of the R help system you should be able to open the manuals. ?help
> No. I installed from Ubuntu Software Center (by point and click method) as I am not very familiar with sudo terminal issues and I thought that following a way which is offered by Ubuntu is enough.

If you do that you get an outdated version of R. And I think you only get the base version although I'm not completely sure. I've gone through a similar transition myself recently although it was from OSX. I think you need to bite the bullet and use the method in the CRAN README. I decided to try RStudio. But rstudio will find whatever version is installed so that's a separate decision. 
>> Q3. Not that I know of. If you have difficulty with R on Linux then you should
>> focus on learning how to use Linux in general... and learn what X-Windows is.
> Hm. I have some book about Linux from about 2005, which I think is quite old and I am not sure if almost 15 years old recommendations are still valid.

The Ask.Ubuntu website is useful as are the r-sig-debian Archives. 
>> But just as with Windows, googling your problem will usually lead to stepwise
> I searched all questions and especially question 1 but was not able to find such concise answer.
> Anyway, thank you for all answers. I will need to find my way through Linux. Probably the most problematic will be to get rid of Windows habits and shortcuts.
> Best regards
> Petr
>> solutions. Note that most issues with R should not require entering your
>> password, though some supporting system features may require that you use
>> the package manager to install Ubuntu packages.
>> [1] https://cran.r-project.org/bin/linux/ubuntu/
>> --
>> Sent from my phone. Please excuse my brevity.
>>> On July 4, 2017 2:15:19 AM PDT, PIKAL Petr <petr.pikal at precheza.cz> wrote:
>>> Dear all
>>> I have 3 questions. Due to some reason I switched from Vista to Ubuntu
>>> on home PC. I was used to start with Rgui.exe. However I am not able to
>>> find it under Ubuntu and R starts as terminal (probably Rterm).
>>> Question 1. Is Rgui.exe available on linux?
>>> In Windows doc folder I can find manuals, however I did not find doc
>>> folder in Ubuntu. I found somewhere that manuals need to be installed
>>> separately by make ....
>>> Question 2. Is it necessary to install manuals or I made some mis

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