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Install R 2.15 from Source

This guide documentation howto install R version 2.15 from Source into your home directory under the $HOME/local folder. This guide follows on for the install GCC 4.7.1, install Python 2.7.3 and install Octave 3.6.3 from source guides. ie

$ gcc -v 
gcc version 4.7.1 (GCC)
$ python -V
Python 2.7.3
$ octave -v
GNU Octave, version 3.6.3

The build working directory is going to be under the /tmp/$USER/R_build folder on the login node. To begin, lets download R's source code and read the provided install instructions.

$ mkdir -p  /tmp/$USER/R_build
$ cd /tmp/$USER/R_build
$ wget -c
$ tar -xf R-2.15.1.tar.gz
$ cd R-2.15.1
$ less INSTALL

It also recommended that you read the manual .


$ mkdir /tmp/$USER/R_build/R-2.15.1/BUILD
$ cd /tmp/$USER/R_build/R-2.15.1/BUILD
$ ../configure --help | less
$ ../configure --prefix=$HOME/local --libdir=$HOME/local/lib64 

hmmm, if openMP cause problems, reconfigure with –disable-openmp flag.

Make it

$ screen 
$ make > 2>&1
  ctrl-a crtl-d
$ tail -f

Make took 20 minutes to complete when this guide was written.


$ make check

Testing took 5 minutes to complete, and everything should be OK.


$ make install

return to your home directory then check and

$ cd ~
$ R

R version 2.15.1 (2012-06-22) -- "Roasted Marshmallows"


Remember to clean up after yourself.

$ rm -r  /tmp/$USER/R_build

Installing packages

from inside the R shell, just

R install.packages($PACKAGE)
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