[R-sig-Debian] R-SIG-Debian Digest, Vol 43, Issue 2

Petar Milin pmilin at ff.uns.ac.rs
Fri Mar 20 12:34:12 CET 2009

On Fri, 2009-03-20 at 12:00 +0100, r-sig-debian-request at r-project.org
> On 19 March 2009 at 10:08, tyler wrote:
> | > I recently switched to Debian testing OS and explanation at the:
> | > http://cran.at.r-project.org/bin/linux/debian/
> | > is a little bit fuzzy. Can anyone give step-by-step how-to have
> updated
> | > R on Debian testing and/or unstable.
> | 
> | If you're already running testing, you don't need to add anything to
> | your sources.list. All the R packages are there, and they'll be
> mostly
> | up to date for the foreseeable future. Generally, when new R
> versions
> | and packages are released, they get put into unstable within a few
> days,
> | and migrate to testing within a couple of weeks.
> Well, yes, but
> a) sometimes releases or library transitions happen which makes the
> 'ten day'
> rule inapplicable. R 2.8.* took months to reach testing, which is why
> the
> CRAN port is offered.
> b) that said, you can often get R from Debian unstable onto testing. I
> do
> that, but that is a more advanced route than what you asked.

So, that would mean:
   deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free

> | You only need to add lines to your sources.list if you run stable,
> which
> | doesn't get updated, or if you're running testing close to the time
> of a
> | new release. Which is probably 12 to 18 months off at least.
> c) You can also add the CRAN "stable" port to run _current R release_
> on
> Debian testing via CRAN, just what Petar asked for.  Given that these
> were
> built on 'stable' it is highly likely that they will work on
> 'testing'.
> So use the lines Paul sent to r-help in response to your earlier post:
>   # Add R-repository
>   deb http://cran.at.r-project.org/bin/linux/debian etch-cran/
>   deb-src http://cran.at.r-project.org/bin/linux/debian etch-cran/

And what about:
   deb http://cran.at.r-project.org/bin/linux/debian lenny-cran/
   deb-src http://cran.at.r-project.org/bin/linux/debian lenny-cran/
They are in CRAN now.
> You want to pair up with a local Debian user to ask such 'how do I ..'
> questions over a coffee...

I might miss something here... Debian users are rare here... But I am
always for coffee...


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