[R-sig-Debian] Debian backport on Stretch?

Bill Harris bill_harris at facilitatedsystems.com
Sun Nov 19 00:26:53 CET 2017

Incidentally, you can see a bit more complete description at

On Sat, Nov 18, 2017 at 3:17 PM, Bill Harris <
bill_harris at facilitatedsystems.com> wrote:

> I got a new laptop in September and installed Stretch (I had been using
> Jessie), and I tried to follow the instructions on
> https://cran.r-project.org/bin/linux/debian/, as I had multiple times in
> the past: I added
> deb http://cran.wustl.edu/bin/linux/debian stretch-cran34/
> to the end of sources.list, I followed the rest of the above directions as
> of early September, as best I recall, and I only got a partial
> installation.  3.4.2 is installed, but I'm limited in what packages I can
> load using aptitude (I haven't tried install.packages()).  From my reading,
> this has to do with r-api-3 problems. If my problem isn't obvious, I'll be
> glad to provide more details.
> My question is there a successful and not too difficult way to install
> 3.4.2, or is deleting this R, deleting the wustl.edu backport entry, and
> reinstalling R and its packages  from the standard Stretch repo the best
> approach at this time?
> If I should go back to the standard Stretch install, does that mean I need
> to be especially cautious about installing packages with install.packages()
> inside R, because that would get me a package that depended on r-api-34?  I
> use a few packages like rstan, rstanarm, and brms that I don't see when I
> do aptitude search, and I'm not sure what that means I should do.
> Thanks,
> Bill

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