Chun-Jie Liu

Install R from source code for ubuntu precise

Chun-Jie Liu · 2018-09-11

The newest CRAN does not support ubuntu precise anymore.

But some packages need to upgrade the R to > 4.0.

So, you have to re-isntall the r from source code, and set repo as “”, then the install.package will work by install from source code.

options(repos = c(CRAN = ""))

First, you should uninstall the r from the server.

apt-get --purge remove r-base
apt-get --purge remove r-base-core
apt-get --purge remove r-base-dev
apt-get autoremove

Then, download R source code from

$ tar -zcvr R-3.4.0.tar.gz
# cd R-3.4.0
# ./configure

It occurs errors.

apt-get install liblzma-dev
./configure --enable-R-shlib --with-blas --with-lapack
make check

cp R-3.4.- /usr/local/src
ln -s ../src/R-3.4.0/bin/R .

Third, install rstudio-server

rstudio-server verify-installation
rstudio-server start