R – error: cannot run C++ compiled programs.

I you use R and find that certain programs refuse to install (using install.packages) it’s no doubt that you’re using R from within Anaconda.

Anaconda is a package for statistical analysis. In general Anaconda is useful for a variety of Python related packages. However, R is also provided as an application from within the Anaconda framework.

There is a downside in using Anaconda… While it works very well for things like python libraries, and frameworks, it causes a hiccup with R. You might get errors like this one:

error: cannot run C++ compiled programs.

Solution

I haven’t found a way to get around this in Anaconda.

The best way I’ve found to bypass this is to install R directly.

Once you install R directly this permission issue is resolved.

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