[R-SIG-Mac] package management system: Fink vs MacPorts?

Seth Falcon seth at userprimary.net
Mon Oct 12 18:18:26 CEST 2009

Hi Christian,

Unless you are doing development with R I would second Simon's
suggestion to use the pre-packaged R binary.

On Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 6:10 AM, Christian Kleiber
<Christian.Kleiber at unibas.ch> wrote:
> I am familiar with building R packages but I have never built R
> from source (this might change, however). Question: any strong
> opinions re Fink vs MacPorts? Or other solutions? (I have been using
> Fink on my laptop for some time without problems but then I never built R
> from source.)

I have had better experiences with MacPorts vs Fink, although both
have a tendency to pull in large sets of dependencies for libraries
and tools that are already on your Mac.

Recently, I've been using Homebrew [1] as an alternative.  Yes, it is
yet another package manager.  One of its aims is to avoid duplicating
libs that are already on a modern Mac.

[1] http://github.com/mxcl/homebrew

+ seth

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