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

Matthieu Stigler matthieu.stigler at gmail.com
Thu Dec 17 20:24:51 CET 2009

Dear Michael

Thanks a lot for your quick answer!

Michael Rutter a écrit :
> Matthieu,
> 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.
Yes I tried and unfortunately it does not solve the prob:
checking gcc version... 4.2.4
checking for gawk... /usr/bin/awk
checking for inst/npsol/linux/x86/gcc4.2/libnpsol.a... no
configure: error: npsol library not found
ERROR: configuration failed for package ‘OpenMx’

> In order to have multiple version of R installed, you will need to 
> build the second version from source. Here are the details:
> http://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/R-admin.html#Installing-R-under-Unix_002dalikes 
> 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.
Ok, so I need to compile :-( I'll try it, thanks for info!
> 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.
Oh also? Mmh this would be something to do, but as I don't have any 
knowledge of it I think I'll try first to compile...

Thanks again for help!
> Hope this helps,
> Michael
> 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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