[R-sig-Debian] How to have multiple versions of R on Ubuntu 8.04

Michael Rutter mar36 at psu.edu
Thu Dec 17 20:12:02 CET 2009


Have you tried installing it?  We have just updated the versions of R on 
CRAN and maybe the bug the package website mentions have been fixed.

In order to have multiple version of R installed, you will need to build 
the second version from source.  Here are the details:


You must be very careful to install R in a different location and have a 
different location for the lib files.  Read carefully through the 
section of Unix-like systems to see which options you need to set.  The 
good news is that you can always reinstall R 2.10 from apt-get or 
synaptic if the versions cross.

Another option to consider is using a virtual machine (I use Virtual 
Box, which is open source) with the needed version of R on it.  You can 
share data files between the host and virtual machine, if needed.

Hope this helps,

Matthieu Stigler wrote:
> Hi
> I want to use a special package (openMx: 
> http://openmx.psyc.virginia.edu/installing-openmx) that runs currently 
> only on R 2.9 but I have R 2.10 installed (from CRAN).
> How can I do to have the two versions ( 2.9 and czrrent 2.10) running? 
> Is there a trick with apt-get or should I compile 2.9 from the sources? 
> And if yes, how can I specify a special path for R 2.9 so that by 
> default 2.10 is used?
> Thanks a lot!
> Matthieu Stigler
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Dr. Michael A. Rutter
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