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Unable to use public-yum for R installation

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Dear experts,

I am trying to install R-core for Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 update 6 in order to deploy a R server on it. According to the installation manual I should be using Oracle's public yum server to download and install R (
However following the guide, setting up yum repository and everything is working fine, when I key in "yum install R.x86_64" it returns there is no such package. I scanned the public yum folders and found no R rpms. May I know where should I get the rpms or where should I point the yum to look for the R packages?


  • 1. Re: Unable to use public-yum for R installation
    Sherry LaMonica Journeyer
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    The R-core RPM is located in

    Go to and follow these steps to install R:

    Install the yum repos as follows:

    cd /etc/yum.repos.d

    Open a text editor on the file just downloaded, /etc/yum.repos.d/public-yum-el5.repo, and set "enabled=1" for [ol5_u6_base] and [el5_addons].

    This step is optional.

    Type the following commands in a shell to check that your yum repository is configured correctly:

    sudo yum repolist

    The output should look like this:

    el5_addons | 951 B 00:00
    ol5_u6_base | 1.1 kB 00:00
    repo id repo name status
    base Red Hat Linux - Base enabled: 3,024
    el5_addons Enterprise Linux 5 - x86_64 - addons enabled: 93
    ol5_u6_base Oracle Linux 5 - U6 - x86_64 - base enabled: 4,551

    Make sure that both the el5_addons and ol5_u6_base repos are listed. The list of repos can be different depending on the Linux version and current user's configuration of yum.

    To install R, use the following command:

    sudo yum install R.x86_64
  • 2. Re: Unable to use public-yum for R installation
    973686 Newbie
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    Hi Thanks for the steps. However I followed through, wget the repo, edited el5_addons and ol5_u6_base to "enabled=1" and still the message "No package R.x86_64 available" exist.

    Repo list output
    el5_addons | 1.2 kB 00:00
    el5_latest | 1.4 kB 00:00
    el5_latest/primary | 9.5 MB 00:38
    el5_latest 8204/8204
    ol5_u6_base | 1.1 kB 00:00
    repo id repo name status
    el5_addons Enterprise Linux 5 Add ons (i386) enabled: 168
    el5_latest Oracle Linux 5 Latest (i386) enabled: 8,204
    ol5_u6_base Oracle Linux 5 Update 6 installation media copy (i386 enabled: 3703
    repolist: 12,075


    Did I miss anything?

  • 3. Re: Unable to use public-yum for R installation
    Sherry LaMonica Journeyer
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    What is the returned value of ls /etc/yum.repos.d/ ?

    You can also try:

    yum install R-core-2.13.2-5.el5.x86_64

  • 4. Re: Unable to use public-yum for R installation
    973686 Newbie
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    It still shows the No package found error.
    I ran yum list and there isn't any R/R-core packages available.

    Below is the output of ls /etc/yum.repos.d/ and yum list (I extract the el5_addons one to keep the post short as it seems unable to upload the entire list as attachment here)
    ls /etc/yum.repos.d/

    The old and old2 files are just identical backup.
    root@localhost yum.repos.d>yum list | grep el5_addons

    Bad id for repo: EL5.6 DVD, byte = 5
    This system is not registered with ULN.
    ULN support will be disabled.

    Django.noarch 1.0.2-2.el5 el5_addons
    VirtualBox-3.2.i386 3.2.12_68302_rhel5-1 el5_addons
    VirtualBox-4.0.i386 4.0.16_75491_rhel5-1 el5_addons
    VirtualBox-4.1.i386 4.1.22_80657_el5-1 el5_addons
    VirtualBox-4.2.i386 4.2.4_81684_el5-1 el5_addons
    blocxx.i386 1.0.0-17.2 el5_addons
    hwinfo.i386 13.57-2 el5_addons
    jta.noarch 2.6-1 el5_addons
    kernel-uek-headers.i686 2.6.32-300.39.1.el5uek el5_addons
    kmod-ovmapi-uek.i686 1.0.0-27.300.uek5 el5_addons
    libovmapi.i386 3.0-6.el5 el5_addons
    libovmapi-devel.i386 3.0-6.el5 el5_addons
    libxcrypt.i386 2.4-12.2 el5_addons
    liby2util.i386 2.13.8-0.12 el5_addons
    libzypp.i386 2.15.10-0.4 el5_addons
    ol-template-config.noarch 1.1.0-9.el5 el5_addons
    ovm-template-config.noarch 3.0-68.el5 el5_addons
    ovm-template-config-authentication.noarch 3.0-68.el5 el5_addons
    ovm-template-config-datetime.noarch 3.0-68.el5 el5_addons
    ovm-template-config-firewall.noarch 3.0-68.el5 el5_addons
    ovm-template-config-network.noarch 3.0-68.el5 el5_addons
    ovm-template-config-selinux.noarch 3.0-68.el5 el5_addons
    ovm-template-config-ssh.noarch 3.0-68.el5 el5_addons
    ovm-template-config-system.noarch 3.0-68.el5 el5_addons
    ovm-template-config-user.noarch 3.0-68.el5 el5_addons
    ovmd.i386 3.0-27.el5 el5_addons
    perl-Parse-RecDescent.i386 1.80-259.2 el5_addons
    perl-X500-DN.i386 0.28-133.2 el5_addons
    perl-gettext.i386 1.05-13.2 el5_addons
    python-ZSI.noarch 2.1-a1.el5 el5_addons
    python-sqlite2.i386 1:2.3.3-2.el5 el5_addons
    testutf8.i386 1.0-1.2 el5_addons
    tightvnc-java.noarch 1.3.9-4 el5_addons
    uln-yum-proxy.noarch 0.0.3-1.el5 el5_addons
    xenstoreprovider.i386 3.0-9.el5 el5_addons
    yast2.i386 2.13.104-1.0 el5_addons
    yast2-EM.noarch 1.9.5-0.2 el5_addons
    yast2-all.noarch 2.0-1 el5_addons
    yast2-core.i386 2.13.39-0.3 el5_addons
    yast2-country.i386 2.13.52-0.9 el5_addons
    yast2-hardware-detection.i386 2.13.7-0.9 el5_addons
    yast2-installation.noarch 2.13.192-0.4 el5_addons
    yast2-ldap-client.noarch 2.13.27-0.11 el5_addons
    yast2-mail-aliases.noarch 2.13.8-0.11 el5_addons
    yast2-ncurses.i386 2.13.66-0.12 el5_addons
    yast2-network.i386 2.13.98-0.7 el5_addons
    yast2-nfs-client.noarch 2.13.4-0.11 el5_addons
    yast2-pam.noarch 2.13.5-0.11 el5_addons
    yast2-perl-bindings.i386 2.13.11-0.17 el5_addons
    yast2-pkg-bindings.i386 2.13.117-0.13 el5_addons
    yast2-runlevel.noarch 2.13.11-0.11 el5_addons
    yast2-security.noarch 2.13.7-0.11 el5_addons
    yast2-users.i386 2.13.55-0.4 el5_addons
    yum-arch.noarch 2.2.2-2.el5 el5_addons
    zend-server-repo.noarch 4.1-1.el5 el5_addons

    Does anything seem wrong in my process?

  • 5. Re: Unable to use public-yum for R installation
    Sherry LaMonica Journeyer
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    What time zone are you in? Let's resolve this by web conference.
    My email address is Please
    send me a message with your availability.




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