[R] Submit a R job to a server

Mario Valle mvalle at cscs.ch
Thu Aug 27 12:05:52 CEST 2009

Bernd Bischl wrote:
> Noah Silverman wrote:
>> Deb,
>> I generally run my larger R tasks on a server.
>> Here is my workflow.
>> 1) Write an R script using a text editor. (There are many popular ones.)
>> 2) FTP the R script to your server.
>> 3) SSH into the server
>> 4) Run R
>> 5) Run the script that you uploaded from the R process you just started.
> Dear Debrata,
> if this is what you mean by "submitting a job", so just login in
> remotely and starting the job manually,
> you can do what Noah suggested in a more convenient way:
> - many Scp / Ftp applications allow "editing on the server", meaning you
> don't have to transfer the file after every change manually. I use a
> combination of winscp and Notepad++ normally for this.
Notepad++ has an integrated ftp client very useful for this kind of things (and for
editing a web site too).


> - read the man pages of the unix command screen (by typing "man screen"
> on the server) to see how to get a permanent session that stays there
> for you, after you detach from it.
> Be sure to test your scripts on your local system before with easy (and
> faster examples). For packages: The same requirements apply to the R on
> server as for your local system, you simply need the same packages there.
> Bernd
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