R-beta: R-0.62 is released

Egon Schmid eschmid at delos.stuttgart.netsurf.de
Sun Jun 14 21:37:35 CEST 1998

On Sun, 14 Jun 1998 Ted.Harding at nessie.mcc.ac.uk wrote:

> 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
>    RHOME=/usr/local/R-0.62/lib/R
>    After this was done, it seems fine. The above is NOT obvious from the INSTALL
>    document.

Works very well on my old debian system. Have 0.61.3 and R-snapshot
without problems, now I will copy all libraries to 0.62.

> 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
>    /usr/local/R-0.62/lib/R/library/base/R
>    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
>       /opt/kde/bin/kdehelp
>       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.

Changing your browser in library/base/R/base may be do the trick.
Otherwise install Netscape.


Have only some minor problems with the MASS library. Should I post a
summary with failed tests?

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