[R-sig-Debian] /etc/R/Renviron doesn't set R_LIBS_USER anymore

Kirill Müller kirill.mueller at ivt.baug.ethz.ch
Sun Jul 2 23:24:37 CEST 2017

On 02.07.2017 22:01, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
> On 2 July 2017 at 21:39, Kirill Müller wrote:
> | Hi
> |
> | An upgrade to R 3.4.1 on Ubuntu removed the default setting of
> | R_LIBS_USER in /etc/R/Renviron. What's the rationale behind this? Thanks.
> Pretty much exactly what I told you in person last week :)
> - idea is to prefer /usr/local/lib/R/site-library/
> - multi-user more important than per-user
> Also see https://bugs.debian.org/866768
> The transition may be too harsh though. I did not consider the possibility of
> /usr/local/lib/R/site-library/ *not* being writeable.  So what I could do is
> to re-add the per-user directory as a fall-back after the preferred
> /usr/local/lib/R/site-library.
Thanks. The site-library is owned by root/staff on my system, and my 
user isn't member of the staff group (Ubuntu 17.04). I'm not sure how 
this looks on a factory-fresh install, but IMO users should be able to 
just use install.packages().


> Dirk

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