Due to the nature of how R libraries are distributed, from an administration stand point, this makes it very difficult to install centrally. To get around this, this howto will show how to install R libraries within one's home directory.
First create a directory within your home directory to store the libraries, such as
/home/username/Rlibs. Then create a file named
.Renviron within your home directory(ie
/home/username/.Renviron) and add the following to that file:
Now any libraries installed will be placed there.
R has two ways to install packages, either downloaded directly via R from their repository or the user downloads the source file and R builds it. For most packages, the online method should work. For example, start R:
Now some packages may not work with this method and report that its unavailable. In this case, go to CRAN and download the source directly and have R build it. For example:
$ R CMD INSTALL package.tar.gz
If a package has dependencies, you'll want to install those packages first. If you run into any issues with dependencies outside of R that are required for building a particular package, contact the staff for assistance.