[R-SIG-Mac] Homebrew

Dr Eberhard W Lisse e| @end|ng |rom ||@@e@NA
Thu Apr 2 14:27:58 CEST 2020

Argument for homebrew:

	brew upgrade

which will figure out what needs to be upgraded so I don't have 
manually keep track of it.

BTW, it usually pulls the binary, and these have worked without any 
issues for many years, the last time something went wrong on the 
Download and it pulled the source. I don't care either way.

Packages must be installed from source, but not as source. R will look 
for the package on CRAN like any other and usually takes the binary, 
sometimes asking whether it should take a (newer) source )of the 

The first run of (re-)installing additional packages does indeed take 
some time, but it doesn't happen often.

The point is that there is a channel for issues with homebrew packages 
but few people (especially when desperate) will take the time :-)-O

greetings, el

 02/04/2020 13:09, Rainer M Krug wrote:
>> On 2 Apr 2020, at 12:56, Hervé Pagès <hpages using fredhutch.org> wrote:
>> Just for a minute let's ignore the fact that installing R via
>> Homebrew is not considered a good option by the competent authorities
>> (which sounds like a good enough reason to stay away from it).  I'm
>> still wondering: what's the benefit vs installing the official CRAN
>> binary?  Just curious.
> Arguments against homebrew:
> Not an official response, but in the past, homebrew was compiling
> everything on the local machine.  This is not the case anymore, and
> the default installation in homebrew, installs a binary.
> All packages need to be installed from source.  This takes time, but I
> had no problems with any of the packages I use.
> Just some tidbits from previous discussions.
> But I would like to also hear the official reason (no resources would
> be a good enough justification as well).
> Arguments for homebrew:
> it is more Linux like, in the way that you have more control over the
> tools used.  e.g. when still using the official R installation, I
> regularly used different versions of GDAL in R, GRASS, …, which can
> cause inconsistencies.
> The installation is done without requiring root privileges, which is a
> big advantage (as I see it).
> Cheers,
> Rainer

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