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R is a programming language primarily for statistics and numerical analysis.


USE flags

USE flags for dev-lang/R Language and environment for statistical computing and graphics

cairo Enable support for the cairo graphics library global
icu Enable ICU (Internationalization Components for Unicode) support, using dev-libs/icu global
java Add support for Java global
lapack Add support for the virtual/lapack numerical library global
nls Add Native Language Support (using gettext - GNU locale utilities) global
png Add support for libpng (PNG images) global
prefix Defines if a Gentoo Prefix offset installation is used global
profile Add support for software performance analysis (will likely vary from ebuild to ebuild) global
readline Enable support for libreadline, a GNU line-editing library that almost everyone wants global
static-libs Build static versions of dynamic libraries as well global
tiff Add support for the TIFF image format global


root #emerge --ask dev-lang/R

Integration with other programs

ESS, or Emacs Speaks Statistics, is an Emacs mode that can edit R files and start R from within Emacs. To install:

root #emerge --ask app-emacs/ess

In Vim, the vim-r plugin integrates vim and R through tmux and provides support for editing R and send it to an R process. To install:

root #emerge --ask app-vim/vim-r