Modern overhaul of
rPython, read more on the motivation and benefits
of using it in this blog
Many thanks to Bob Rudis for basically teaching me how to write a modern R package and getting this off the ground.
LINUX AND UNIX-LIKE SYSTEMS
In order to compile SnakeCharmR, you’ll need to have Python >= 2.7 installed. Make sure you also have the development libraries and include files, the operating system package names will vary with your specific Linux distribution.
By default SnakeCharmR will look for
commands in the PATH. The former will be used to determine the location
of the libraries and headers necessary to compile SnakeCharmR.
In systems where several Python versions coexist, you can force a
different version to be used by setting an environment variable
SNAKECHARMR_PYTHON_VERSION to either the major version or major and
For example, if you set
SNAKECHARMR_PYTHON_VERSION=3.2 then Python 3.2
will be used. In this example, you will need to ensure:
python3.2-configexist and are in the PATH;
libpython3.2.soexists at the locations indicated by
In order to compile this on Windows, make sure you meet the following requirements:
Install the latest version of Rtools;
pythoncommand from the desired Python version is the first one in your PATH.
Install the package from source:
If you want to use the (very outdated) Python bundled with Rtools on a
64-bit system, for example, you would need to add
c:\Rtools\mingw_64\opt\bin to your PATH and possibly set
It is recommended, however, that you install and use the official Python distribution for Windows.
Many thanks to mattfidler for the help in getting this to work properly on Windows.