[R] R_LIBS var needed to be set after upgrade to R 4.2.2

Ashim Kapoor @@h|mk@poor @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Thu Jun 2 06:09:02 CEST 2022

Dear Sir,

Many thanks.

Best Regards,

On Wed, Jun 1, 2022 at 5:36 PM Jeroen Ooms <jeroen using berkeley.edu> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 1, 2022 at 11:02 AM Ashim Kapoor <ashimkapoor using gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > My confusion is : Earlier R --vanilla incantation was working fine,
> > even without my intervening and
> > adding to R_LIBS. That is why I was confused.
> >
> > My main query is : Is there anything special to R 4.2.0 which needs
> > R_LIBS to be setup seperately?
> I was hit by this problem as well a few weeks ago. You may get a more
> detailed answer in r-sig-debian or from Dirk directly, but from what I
> understood, this is now expected behavior: indeed if you start R
> --vanilla then /usr/local/lib is no longer included in the library
> path.
> The reason is that R-core made a change in 4.2.0 to pre-set values for
> R_LIBS_USER and R_LIBS_SITE in Renviron [1] which would take
> precedence over the proper distro defaults (that include
> /usr/local/lib) as configured by the r-base deb/rpm packages. To
> mitigate the problem the the r-base deb package moved the appropriate
> R_LIBS_USER and R_LIBS_SITE definitions into Renviron.site, which
> takes precedence over Renviron. However a side effect of this solution
> is that Renviron.site is ignored in --vanilla mode. At least this is
> my best understanding of the problem.
> [1] https://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/r-release/NEWS.html

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