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Old 03-16-2021, 07:44 AM   #1
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Recipe for installing a recent RStudio on current64


Hello All

I'm testing current on an old laptop. I skipped the kde package set, apart from that it is a full 64 bit install, updated to today. I'm using xfce4.

R is a command line based statistical language that is quite popular. There is a slackbuild for it on slackbuilds.org and it is a simple compilation with no external dependencies.

RStudio is an IDE for R which is often referred to in books about R. RStudio distribute binary builds for .rpm and for .deb. The source code is available but it is a complex compilation with a lot of dependencies. There is a slackbuild for version 1.1.4 of RStudio that re-packages the .deb based binary. RStudio 1.1.4 is the last version (I think) that supports 32 bit, the newer ones are 64 bit only. I decided to try installing the most recent version of RStudio, 1.4.x on current.

After some head scratching and googling, I found that you need to

Here 'convert' means using rpm2tgz. I'm familiar with that script so that is what I used.

The T61p Thinkpad has nvidia graphics and I have not installed the nvidia drivers, so I had to add the line below to RStudio's desktop.ini file to disable accelerated graphics for just RStudio.

Code:
ash-5.1$ cat /home/keith/.config/RStudio/desktop.ini
[General]
...
desktop.renderingEngine=software
...
I'm wondering if this recipe looks sort of sensible and/or there is an obviously easier way. It works fine... at the moment
 
Old 03-16-2021, 08:02 AM   #2
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After building any new version of R, my first three commands are:
Code:
chooseCRANmirror()
install.packages("Rcmdr", dep=T)
library(Rcmdr)
That installs and runs R Commander, which I have found to be a very useable interface to R. IMHO, Rstudio is overkill.

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Old 03-16-2021, 11:31 AM   #3
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That installs and runs R Commander, which I have found to be a very useable interface to R.
Thanks for your reply.

Installs using those commands as user on current fine, and yes, it is what I would call a graphical interface to an R session. I also like how it compiles in the user directory - takes a bit of time on a core duo.

At present, the book I'm working through is based around RStudio, which, as you say, is an IDE with bells and whistles. I quite like the tab-completion with links to help &c.
 
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Old 03-16-2021, 06:12 PM   #4
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Takes even longer on an Atom N270, although these days I set up icecream to a beefier machine before building. The bottleneck is still the linking, but all the compiling ends up being passed to the beefier machine.
I do not miss tab completion as most of the time I end up needing to replicate small stanzas with changes where tab completion would not help.
My R scripts are often sprinkled with ?<something> lines to bring up the documentation. I also seemed to have trained Google to quickly point me to relevant R guides.

Glad you are happy. Good luck!
 
  


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