[R-sig-Debian] R on Ubuntu

Aguirre Perez, Roman r@454 @ending from exeter@@c@uk
Sun May 6 19:14:07 CEST 2018

Hi everyone,

first of all, my sincerest thanks for the maintainers of this massive project. Such a compelling task!

Briefly, I’m a PhD student working on Spatial Stats who loves R. Last week I decided to install and use Ubuntu (again). Consequently, I install the latest release (18.04) and tried to install R 3.5.0 as well but (un)fortunately I couldn’t.

I have used R within Ubuntu and I use to follow the installation procedure suggested in the R-project website. However, this time was a bit different. I realised I was missing a key fact. There’s plenty of work behind making available R packages for Ubuntu! It briefly showed up in front of my eyes the meaning of each installation step. That’s why I’m here. So I would really appreciate you to enlighten me with your knowledge. I really want to go in depth on the relationship R-Ubuntu. Btw, any resource for learning is more than welcome.

In this sense, which is the meaning of starting to install R by adding

deb https://www.stats.bris.ac.uk/R/bin/linux/ubuntu bionic/<https://www.stats.bris.ac.uk/R/bin/linux/ubuntu%20bionic/>

in the source.list file?

I realised that I’m able to compile

sudo apt-get install r-base

without doing the first step. Which is the difference between each one?

Now that I’m more aware I know that it isn’t so straightforward to mirror to CRAN and I have to hold my horses a bit more jeje. So should I install previous of both R and Ubuntu? I mean, does it take a long time to have a mirrored version?


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