[R-sig-Debian] How to upgrade from 2.15.1 to 2.15.1 patched?

Rainer M Krug r.m.krug at gmail.com
Mon Sep 24 17:03:59 CEST 2012

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On 24/09/12 16:23, Paul Johnson wrote:
> Gosh, I hope I'm not out of date on this.  I think there is no "deb" packaged version of
> R-patched. The patched version comes out very often, and they don't intend it to go into the
> packaging based distributions. It is still in testing, you know.

I also don't think that there is a deb available, but I have self-compile R along with deb R and
never had problems - you don't have to install R to run it, just do the usual:


but NOT
make install



> Here is what you should do to make a package. I have done this on Debian, it will work.
> Basically, you want to get the Debian packaging materials, then replace the R version with the
> patched tarball, then build. If you have never built a deb package before, this is a learning &
> testing process for you, but basically, get the R packaging source:
> apt-get source r-base
> Second, get the R-patched tarball, then Third, Copy the debian folder inside the source folder
> to the R-patched folder. Then you may have to fiddle the debian/changelog file to make it match
> the source. Then use the package  builder.
> That's an involved process. I should probably have written "if you have not built a package
> before, quit now and wait for an official R release."
> pj
> On Sat, Sep 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM, Marius Hofert <marius.hofert at math.ethz.ch> wrote:
>> Michael Rutter <mar36 at psu.edu> writes:
>>> On 09/22/2012 12:54 PM, Marius Hofert wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> I would like to upgrade R-2.15.1 to R-2.15.1 patched (under Ubuntu 12.04). What's the
>>>> recommended way to do so?
>>>> I did the following steps for installing R under Ubuntu 12.04 (as far as I remember, Dirk
>>>> Eddelbuettel recommended this and helped me on several occasions with the installation):
>>>> 1) sudo emacs /etc/apt/sources.list 2) add: deb http://stat.ethz.ch/CRAN/bin/linux/ubuntu
>>>> precise/ 3) do: gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-key E084DAB9 gpg -a --export
>>>> E084DAB9 | sudo apt-key add - 4) do: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install r-base
>>>> Cheers,
>>>> Marius
>>> Marius,
>>> That should work.  Not sure what you mean by "patched" however.  Is there something in
>>> particular you are hoping to get from the CRAN version of R for Ubuntu?
>>> Michael
>> Dear Michael,
>> thanks for helping. The above steps only work for installing R-2.15.1 (from June), but how
>> can I obtain the latest patched version? In the patched version, a couple of bugs were fixed,
>> one of which affects me, that's why I would like to install the patched version. I used to
>> install R from source, but I remember that Dirk did not recommend this (I had some troubles
>> while doing so), so I was hoping that there is an "easy" (like the above) way to install the
>> patched version.
>> Cheers,
>> Marius
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