I'd like to run the R version installed in my Windows 7 system from within Mathematica 9 but when I execute the following command:

InstallR["RHomeLocation" -> "C:\\Program Files\\R\\R-2.14.2\\bin\\x64"]

I get the following error message:

InstallR::fail: Failed to install R. The following error was encountered: Unable to load dynamic libraries

Does anybody know how to fix this issue? Many thanks in advance

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    $\begingroup$ Try to set it to the home directory of R, not the directory containing the binaries (based on the RLink docs it should point there). $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Commented Dec 5, 2012 at 3:41
  • $\begingroup$ @Szabolcs Why don't you make that an answer? Because that's the only sensible answer there is. And if it fails, I really want to know about it. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 5, 2012 at 3:51
  • $\begingroup$ @Leonid I did that now. I didn't want to post it as an answer as I don't have Mathematica 9 on Windows at the moment so I couldn't test it. It was the first thing that came to mind though and checking the docs confirmed it. $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Commented Dec 5, 2012 at 4:51
  • $\begingroup$ I see that you have not Accepted answers to any of your questions. Have you found all the answers lacking, or are you unaware of this convention on StackExchange sites? $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Commented Dec 5, 2012 at 6:50
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    $\begingroup$ I had the same problem, but it turned out that was because I was using R.2.10.1. After I installed R.2.14.0, InstallR["RHomeLocation" -> "C:/Program Files/R/R.2.14.0"] worked fine. It also worked with R.2.15.2. $\endgroup$
    – user4902
    Commented Dec 6, 2012 at 1:40

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The "RHomeLocation" option must be set to the base directory of the R installation, not the directory containing the binaries. Please try to set it to C:\Program Files\R.

Quoting the docs:

You can specify the location by using the "RHomeLocation" option to InstallR, calling it as follows.

InstallR["RHomeLocation" -> "LocationOfYourRDistribution"]

The value of the option should correspond to the R_HOME variable you usually set for your R distribution, and point at the root of it.

  • $\begingroup$ Beware that at present, Mathematica 9 allows you to use your own R installation only on the Windows platform. On other platforms, you must use the R run-time supplied by Wolfram. (This is clearly documented, although disappointing.) $\endgroup$
    – murray
    Commented Dec 5, 2012 at 20:15
  • $\begingroup$ @murray Well, it has been reported that you can use external R on at least some flavors of Linux. I can't promise anything, but I hope to be able to address this issue for the 9.1 release. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 6, 2012 at 0:16
  • $\begingroup$ @Szabolcs Thanks a lot for your answer. After following it, everything is fine now. May I suggest that the Mathematica 9 documentation is updated to put a specific example instead of the generic "LocationOfYourRDistribution"? $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 6, 2012 at 3:46
  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately for some reason that solution does not work on my machine with Windows 7. I had just installed R from a mirror site and given the proposed InstallR["RHomeLocation" -> "C:\\Program Files\\R"] only to receive the follwing error message: InstallR::nopaclet: Could not find RLink runtime installed. Please use RLinkResourcesInstall to install it. How can that be? $\endgroup$
    – gwr
    Commented Dec 22, 2013 at 16:28
  • $\begingroup$ @gwr Does RLink work with the internal R that gets automatically downloaded the first time you use it? What if you just do Needs["RLink`"]; InstallR[]? $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Commented Dec 22, 2013 at 16:30

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