Installing R on Ubuntu 20.04: still too damn difficult

Here’s a whiny post on annoying R features. I love R and all, but it’s obnoxious to install. Not only does it take a long time to compile so many packages, this step typically has to be repeated a few times due to unforeseeable errors. These errors are typically also hard to find, one has…

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Installing the latest version of R on Ubuntu/Mint

I wrote about this before, but since this is a frequent problem and my last post wasn’t brief, here’s a shorter version. The primary way to install software in Linux is to rely on apt-get (apt in Mint) or some other package manager. The way this works is that there is a central server which…

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Installing an RStudio server on DigitalOcean

Not as easy as claimed, but not that difficult. I used the default values and stuff with Ubuntu like in the guide. Some difficulties: Had to learn SSH Just read this. No email was sent with password Apparently, this is not done when using SSH, see above guide. Don’t skip making a second user If…

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