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I have messed up R's Makeconf file. I tried:

sudo apt-get --purge remove r-base
sudo apt-get --purge remove r-base-dev

--I got R in the first place by doing:

sudo apt-get install r-base
sudo apt-get install r-base-dev

but when I type


R still starts. Also the Makeconf file is still the one I messed up.

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Can you paste the output of which R? Edit: never mind. – saiarcot895 Feb 20 '14 at 13:16
up vote 6 down vote accepted

The r-base package is just a metapackage that also installs r-base-core and r-base-recommended. You need to remove r-base-core to get rid of the executable and the makeconf.

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works perfect. Thanks! – user2413 Feb 20 '14 at 13:22

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