[R-SIG-Mac] Non-root OS X installation?

Rainer M Krug Rainer at krugs.de
Tue May 5 10:31:49 CEST 2015

boB Rudis <bob at rudis.net> writes:

> Hey Branden,
> This http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/149451/install-r-in-my-own-directory
> has some basic steps, but the gist is to compile it from scratch (good
> compile options in the homebrew recipe for R
> https://github.com/Homebrew/homebrew-science/blob/master/r.rb ).

I can only recommend using homebrew for installation of R (and
everything else you need). Works perfectly for me. Just be careful not
to mix up the official R packages and their dependencies (especially
fortran and tcltk) with the homebrew ones - I started with the official
ones and moved gradually to a full homebrew setup - and it is much
easier to maintain for me. I did not have as many probles on the swithch
to Yosemite as the uers of the official R version.

In a nutshell: go for homebrew and you might even not have to change
anything and it will install under /usr/local/ as a normal user -
homebrew does not need root access for most programs.



> I'd highly suggest getting an admin-assisted install of official/base
> R. It'll only be a couple of times a year for updates but worth it for
> the stability factor. You can then have all package installs be
> relative to your local dir.
> But you'll still need the OS X dev tools installed for non-binary
> packages that need compilation, so you should also probably get that
> admin-assisted installed as well.
> -Bob
> On Mon, May 4, 2015 at 9:12 AM, Branden R. Williams <jeep07 at brw.net> wrote:
>> Greetings. I am getting a new mac procured through my company, and I
>> am pretty sure I’m not going to have local administrator access to
>> it. Is there a clean way to install R locally for one user,
>> including all the packages that might be required, so that I don’t
>> need admin access?
>> thx.
>> Regards,
>> Branden R. Williams, DBA, CISSP, CISM
>> brw at brandenwilliams.com
>> Phone: +1 (214) 727-8227
>> http://www.brandenwilliams.com/
>> Cal: http://meetme.so/drbrando
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