Issue with Ubuntu 20.04 R4.2.1 deb package

Something is off with the RStudio deb package for Ubuntu 20.04 R4.2.1 ( When I use it to install R, and then try install.packages('dplyr'), I get these messages:

  • installing source package ‘fansi’ ...
    ** package ‘fansi’ successfully unpacked and MD5 sums checked
    ** using staged installation
    ** libs
    make: *** No rule to make target 'assumptions.o', needed by ''. Stop.
    *** arch - r-4.1.3_1_amd64.deb
    Warning in file(con, "r") :
    cannot open file '/opt/R/4.2.1/lib/R/etc/r-4.1.3_1_amd64.deb/Makeconf': No such file or directory
    Error in file(con, "r") : cannot open the connection
  • removing ‘/opt/R/4.2.1/lib/R/library/fansi’

For some reason it is looking for file /opt/R/4.2.1/lib/R/etc/r-4.1.3_1_amd64.deb/Makeconf when compiling.

I just gave this a go and unfortunately I am failing to reproduce this issue.

My best guess at the moment is there must be something either environment or user specific wrong in your setup.

  1. User Specific:

Can you please try the package installation under a different user account ? If it works under a different user, you are likely to have settings in .Rprofile or .Renviron in the affected users home-directory (either in the base folder of the home-directory - e.g. /home/username - or in the current working directory where you are trying to install the package from)

Another source of the issue described above could be in .R/Makevars in your home-directory.

  1. Environment specific:

Did you do any modification to the R installation after you deployed R 4.2.1 as deb package ?
Does the R package installation work if you run R directly on the command line outside of any RStudio product or any other IDE ?

Thanks for the tips Michael. These issues were on an AWS EC2 instance, so I was running as root and running R on the command line. I didn't have anything set with .Renviron, .Rprofile, or .R/Makevars.

I was able to resolve the problem by completely removing the /opt/R/4.2.1 directory and trying again:

# Clear out /opt/R/4.2.1
rm -rf /opt/R/4.2.1

# Install again
export R_VERSION=4.2.1
curl -O${R_VERSION}_1_amd64.deb
sudo gdebi --n r-${R_VERSION}_1_amd64.deb

Then I started R with /opt/R/4.2.1/bin/R (as before) and then install.packages('dplyr') worked as expected.

I'm not sure what caused the original issue, since and I didn't make any changes to the files in the /opt/R/4.2.1 directory, but deleting all of the files and re-installing took care of it!