Alessandro Trinca Tornidor Alessandro Trinca Tornidor - 4 months ago 15x
Linux Question

Revolution R: installation on debian jessie

I need to install Revolution R on a Debian Jessie (version 8, 64-bit).

On my system there is already installed R 3.1.1 and Rstudio.

The Revolution download page give me three installation package for Ubuntu: 12, 14, 15 (older LTS, current LTS, current version). Rstudio package give instead a single package for both Ubuntu 12.04+ and Debian 8+ (32 and 64-bit versions).

There is a way to understand what is the right package to install?

EDIT: I see from the community group that Debian is not officially supported, but should be OK using an Ubuntu packages.


It seems OK to install Revolution R on Debian Jessie.

Some precautions:

  • On my system there is libjpeg8 as missing dependency. To avoid this, I installed from testing repository.

    1. I tried to install the package using gdebi to install and resolve all necessary dependencies.
    2. libjpeg8 is missing from stable repository, so I take it from testing repository, protecting other packages with pinning preferences:

      sudo printf "# testing\ndeb stretch main contrib non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
      sudo vim /etc/apt/preferences
      # old
      Package: *
      Pin: release o=Debian,a=stable
      Pin-Priority: 980
      Package: *
      Pin: release a=jessie-backports
      Pin-Priority: 900
      # new 
      Package: libjpeg8 
      Pin: release o=Debian,a=stretch 
      Pin-Priority: 990

    Note: The installed package is the libjpeg8:i386 version.

  • the installation process of Revolution R erases the original R and Rscript executables, so in my opinion it's better backup them (as root or using sudo):

    sudo cp -i /usr/bin/Rscript /usr/bin/Rscript-original
    sudo cp -i /usr/bin/R /usr/bin/R-original
  • Just in case you need to restore the original R and Rstudio executables without a backup, should be enough to reinstall the r-base-core package:

    sudo apt-get --reinstall install r-base-core -V
  • using Revolution R with Rstudio should be fine. However if you would use a custom version of R (the original one, e.g.) with Rstudio it's possible to follow these instructions:

    export RSTUDIO_WHICH_R=/usr/bin/R-original
    echo "export RSTUDIO_WHICH_R=/usr/bin/R-original" >> ~/.profile
    source ~/.profile
    # logout and login again to use this profile also outside the bash