[R-SIG-Mac] using several versions in Library/Frameworks simultanouesly

Patrick Aboyoun paboyoun at fhcrc.org
Tue Dec 9 18:31:43 CET 2008

When I want to have multiple versions of R on my mac, I hand edit the R 
script to explicitly reference the version of R I want to use. My guess 
is that within your 
/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Versions/2.9/Resources/bin/R file you 
have references to /Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources instead of 
/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Versions/2.9/Resources and 
/Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources is a symbolic link to 


Kasper Daniel Hansen wrote:
> I have two version of R installed in
>   /Library/Frameworks
> version 2.8 patched and version 2.9 (R-devel). I have compiled them 
> myself. I know of Rswitch that allows me to switch (system-wide) 
> between the two versions. But I want to be able to use the two 
> versions at the same time, in different terminals (I am not using R.app)
> I thought I could do this by making a symbolic link from my ~/Bin 
> folder (I have added this folder to my path), but even though it seems 
> to point to the right place (ok, something is wrong, so of course it 
> is not "right"), it still picks up the wrong version
> kasper-hansens-macbook:~/> which R-devel
> /Users/khansen/Bin/R-devel
> kasper-hansens-macbook:~/> ls -l Bin/R-devel
> lrwxr-xr-x  1 khansen  staff    60B Nov 11 12:02 Bin/R-devel -> 
> /Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Versions/2.9/Resources/bin/R
> kasper-hansens-macbook:~/> R-devel --version
> R version 2.8.0 Patched (2008-12-05 r47091)
> Copyright (C) 2008 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
> ISBN 3-900051-07-0
> Right now my system wide R, according to Rswitch, is R-2.8.
> What am I missing here? I know I can run R-devel if I just run it from 
> the directory where I compiled it, so something seems to happen when I 
> do make install.
> Kasper
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