[rkward:feature-requests] #97 IMPLEMENTED: support multiple installed R backends

Thomas Friedrichsmeier tfry at users.sf.net
Tue Jan 5 14:00:13 UTC 2016

- **summary**: support multiple installed R backends --> IMPLEMENTED: support multiple installed R backends
- **status**: accepted --> closed


** [feature-requests:#97] IMPLEMENTED: support multiple installed R backends**

**Status:** closed
**Group:** -------
**Labels:** General 
**Created:** Thu Apr 21, 2011 07:18 AM UTC by Anonymous
**Last Updated:** Tue Jan 05, 2016 01:59 PM UTC
**Owner:** nobody


First of all thank you for this wonderful program- it is a very nice piece of software. 

Not sure if this is interesting to someone else, but I usually work with several different R installs in the same machine, so that I can keep compatibility with some specific packages \(mainly related to Bioconductor\). Usually rkward is bound to one backend and changing that may be quite problematic \(unless I am missing something\). Recently I hacked the rkward script to be able to specify the R backend on start. Obviously this needs the proper version of the corresponding rkward R package to be installed in that R install, so implementing this feature mainstream may be more problematic than in my use case. Below is the corresponding piece of code. If this is implemented in the official package it may require some changes, like instead of calling error\(\) when no --rbinary option is passed trying first the R\_binary variable that is generated during compilation, so that it can work for regular users with only one version of R installed.

Thank you for the hard work\!


if \[ "$\{1\}" = "--rbinary" \]; then
if \[ -z "$\{1\}" \]; then
error  "option '--rbinary' requires an argument"
	error "option '--rbinary' must be specified"
export R\_binary


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