R-beta: R-0.62 is released

(Ted Harding) Ted.Harding at nessie.mcc.ac.uk
Sun Jun 14 20:55:18 CEST 1998

On 14-Jun-98 Peter Dalgaard BSA wrote:
> I've put up R-0.62.0.tgz up for FTP from Auckland some minutes ago.
> As usual, don't get it from there unless you are desperate, but wait
> for it to be mirrored at a CRAN site near you within a day or two.

You didn't expect us to be THAT patient, did you?!

Some comments (compiling on S.u.S.E. Linux 5.1):

1. I like to compile in a side-room, /depot/R-0.62 as it happens.
   My intended ultimate destination was /usr/local/R-0.62. After setting
   prefix, "./configure", "make", and "make install", it wouldn't run properly.

   Despite trying every obvious config option, the "R" script had insisted
   on setting RHOME as the directory it was compiled from: /depot/R-0.62/R-0.62/

   It took some time to suss out that this needed to be edited to read

   After this was done, it seems fine. The above is NOT obvious from the INSTALL

2. The "help" browser seems to be hard-wired to be netscape. This can of course
   be changed by editing the function "help.start" in
   but the knock-on effects are not obvious.

   a) I don't have netscape on the machine I run R on;
   b) In any case, with KDE on this machine, I like to use the program
      as HTML browser: it's attractive-looking, slim (199428 bytes!) and fast.

   I'd welcome informed advice on how to change this function without breaking
   anything else that depends on it, and on any consequential changes that may
   be needed.

That's it for now. More later, possibly ... !

With thanks, and best wishes to all,

E-Mail: (Ted Harding) <Ted.Harding at nessie.mcc.ac.uk>
Date: 14-Jun-98                                       Time: 19:55:18
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