Re: [Fedora-r-devel-list] R-java and R-java-devel

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On Tue, 2009-04-07 at 12:59 +0200, Pierre-Yves wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-04-07 at 12:09 +0200, Martyn Plummer wrote:
> > Setting R_HOME in the environment before launching R is the wrong
> > thing to do. 
> Just out of curiosity, why ? R_HOME should be coherent between the
> environment and R itself, through a warning if they are different makes
> sense (IMHO), but if they are the same what is the problem ?

People can and do have multiple R installations. Most of these people
are developers, but we also encourage users to download and test beta
releases. You are currently breaking developer builds by setting R_HOME
to point to the Fedora RPM.  Of course, the breakage is relatively
minor, and takes the form of annoying warnings, but those warnings were
put there for a reason.

The user is not meant to set R_HOME. The system administrator is
certainly not meant to set R_HOME.  R_HOME is meant to be set by the
application that starts the R engine, and it does so in its own shell so
that there are no side effects. This allows multiple versions of R to
coexist on the same system.

The only reason that the warning is silenced when the R_HOME environment
variable matches the correct value is because the R script can
recursively call itself, e.g.

R CMD Sweave foo.Rnw

will call two instances of the R shell script, and in the second call
R_HOME is already set by the first call.


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