[R] installation on Mac OS X

Randall Skelton rhskelto at atm.ox.ac.uk
Mon Nov 19 14:31:43 CET 2001

If you are not a unix hack, and just want to play around with R, try
dowloading the precompiled binaries at:


Be sure to read both the Macintosh and standard FAQs.

Otherwise, if you want to compile the unix source yourself, you will need

1) install a compiler (i.e. apple developer tools)

2) install a fortran compiler (g77 patch for the apple developer tools can
be found at http://www-jlc.kek.jp/~fujiik/macosx/10.1.X/ and
http://floyd.liunet.edu/~gkhanna/hpc.html) or install f2c (fortran -> C

3) install Xwindows.  Either a binary package or build from the XFree
Source see http://www.xfree86.org and http://www.xdarwin.org.

4) compile R. Should be easy if you managed to do steps 1-3 and read the
Install directions/Readme files './configure; make; make install'

Much of the above code can be compiled (relatively) painlessly using fink
see http://fink.sourceforge.net/.

I'd recommend the first method unless you are familiar with programming or
are very motivated to *learn* unix development.

On Sun, 18 Nov 2001, Wiley Rittenhouse wrote:

> Help !   I am a graduate student in statistics, nearing the end of my
> first semester, and recently discovered R, but cannot figure out how to
> install it on my Mac.  I am currently running OS 10.1.1, and know next
> to nothing about Unix or anything related.  I would like to install this
> program on my Powerbook, as it come highly recommended, so I can use it
> for a class next semester.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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