On Windows, R comes with its own GUI, but on Ubuntu, GUIs such as Rcmdr have to be installed manually.
Add a local CRAN mirror to Ubuntu, e.g.
http://cran.stat.ucla.edu/, which corresponds to USA-California 2. Remember the mirror you add, because it will be the only one that will be allowed by Ubuntu to fetch software packages. Anyway, add
/bin/linux/ubuntu/oneiric at the end of the URL (change
oneiric for your ubuntu version). This should give the screenshot below:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install r-base r-base-dev
Installing Rcmdr in R
Then in the R command line:
Then, finish the installation of Rcmdr by installing the missing dependencies:
A popup appears, select "CRAN mirror" (not "local folder"), click OK, and the console should start printing lines like below:
Loading required package: tcltk Loading required package: car Loading required package: MASS Loading required package: nnet Loading required package: survival Loading required package: splines also installing the dependency 'matrixcalc' trying URL 'http://cran.stat.ucla.edu/src/contrib/matrixcalc_1.0-1.tar.gz' Content type 'application/x-tar' length 8436 bytes opened URL ... The downloaded packages are in '/tmp/Rtmp6X20rs/downloaded_packages'
And the Rcmdr window should appear. To run Rcmdr in the future, type
library(Rcmdr) in the R command prompt. Ctrl-A then Ctrl-R to run everything.
'Rcmdr' is not available:
An error like
package 'Rcmdr' is not available (for r version 2.13.1) pops up if R was installed from the Ubuntu repository. The current version (as of March 2012) is 2.14.2.
sudo apt-get update, then
sudo apt-get install r-base r-base-dev should fix this. If you have the same error with
not available (for r version 2.14.1), it may be that no CRAN mirror was added in the software sources to download Rcmdr from.
GPG error: The software center notifies you about new R updates from whichever mirror you picked. When
sudo apt-get update, you get the following error:
W: GPG error: http://cran.stat.ucla.edu oneiric/ Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 51716619E084DAB9
This article provides the solution:
gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv 51716619E084DAB9
gpg --export --armor 51716619E084DAB9 | sudo apt-key add -