Install gplots in R 2.1X

Written by: C. Titus Brown

Primary Source: Living in an Ivory Basement

I’ve been using EBSeq for a few things lately, and have had trouble getting some of the dependencies installed — in particular, gplots doesn’t seem to be readily available for R 2.14, 2.15, etc. Judging by my Google searches, others have been having the same problems; see e.g.

The general error message is of the form:

Warning in install.packages :
   package 'gplots' is not available (for R version 2.14.1)

Since I’m not an R expert, it took me a long time to find a solution; here’s what I cooked up:

curl -O
tar xzf gplots_2.6.0.tar.gz
cat <<EOF > /tmp/
install.packages("gplots", repos = NULL, type="source")
Rscript /tmp/

Hope this saves someone some time! Comments and updates welcome — I’m sure this isn’t the best way to do it.


p.s. I hate R.

p.p.s. Although to be fair this kind of problem crops up everywhere in any useful programming language, because SOFTWARE SUCKS.

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C. Titus Brown
C. Titus Brown is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. He earned his PhD ('06) in developmental molecular biology from the California Institute of Technology. Brown is director of the laboratory for Genomics, Evolution, and Development (GED) at Michigan State University. He is a member of the Python Software Foundation and an active contributor to the open source software community. His research interests include computational biology, bioinformatics, open source software development, and software engineering.