I have a r installation on a server machine and have mathematica on my laptop. I have been using DatabaseLink to connect to the remote sql server and performing queries. I would now like to use mathematica on my machine to connect with r installation on the remote machine to pass codes from here and get results from the remote r installation. This is necessary as i don't have a lot of RAM on my machine. I know about RLink but can't find instruction to connect to a remote installation.

Somebody please help.

  • $\begingroup$ Installing R using the Shared link suggested by Edmund works fine except it is not running R on the server but on the local machine. Is there a way to connect to R running on the server thereby using the resources of the server rather than the local machine. $\endgroup$
    – user13892
    Commented Jun 8, 2017 at 20:25

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You may be able to use InstallR with the "RHomeLocation" option if you are on a Windows OS.

InstallR["RHomeLocation"->"\\\\servername\\sharename\\path to R_HOME of R Distrtribution"]

"RHomeLocation" works for local installations of R but I have not tried it for remote installations of R. There are a few more InstallR options that you should consider as well. Also have a read of the RLink User Guide as you may have to run RLinkResourcesInstall. It also gives information on how to optimise calls and data transfer between R and Mathematica.

Hope this helps.

  • $\begingroup$ if you can guide me how to point to the remote server. In my remote desktop application i am able to access it with computer name tm46:10346 and the location of r installation on that system is C:\Program Files\R\R-3.2.4revised. How path exactly should i use? I tried before to import a file but the path never worked. $\endgroup$
    – user13892
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 11:40
  • $\begingroup$ @user13892 You need to setup the folder as a shared folder on your network which will allow you to choose the name. Perhaps you should share the R directory so you can connect to different revisions. If you call the share RRevisions, then the command would be InstallR["RHomeLocation" -> "\\\\tm46:10346\\RRevisions\\R-3.2.4revised"] $\endgroup$
    – Edmund
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 13:15
  • $\begingroup$ It is able to locate the folder now but still i am getting this error, InstallR::fail: Failed to install R. The following error was encountered: Unable to load dynamic libraries $\endgroup$
    – user13892
    Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 7:23
  • $\begingroup$ Ok it is working fine now. But it is using the RAM of my local system in which i have mathematica rather than the server where the r resides. $\endgroup$
    – user13892
    Commented Jun 6, 2017 at 11:22

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