After some years as a MacPorts user I decided to give home brew a try, which are advertising their package manager with the sentence “Homebrew — MacPorts driving you to drink? Try Homebrew!”. The idea is not to build everything from scratch and create another software micro cosmos but to reuse existing Mac OS X abilities and save some space (as well as [cpu] time for updates). Sounds promising I thought and installed it according to the website’s description.
One of the ﬁrst things I wanted to install was “The R Project for Statistical Computing”. Anyhow, since home brew requires people to think a bit, it was not as straight forward as some MacPorts rules. For R, we need to have a fortran compiler installed. I did this using the following command:
brew install gfortran
Brew would complain otherwise that no fortran compiler is installed and R installation would fail. After that, everything is ready already and we can proceed using:
brew install R
NB! You need to run this command ﬁrst if you are on a recent OS X:
brew tap homebrew/science
That’s it - no rocket science but nice to know in advance…