I need to install e1071 library manually. I downloaded the latest package of the same. But configure, though successful and without errors, doesn't create a makefile.

./configure does the following:

checking for C++ compiler default output file name... a.out
checking whether the C++ compiler works... yes
checking whether we are cross compiling... no
checking for suffix of executables... 
checking for suffix of object files... o
checking whether we are using the GNU C++ compiler... yes
checking whether g++ accepts -g... yes

If I wanted to install e1071 manually, then I would simply fire up RStudio, then install the package from their interface. If that doesn't suit you, you can download the .tar.gz source package from CRAN, then in RStudio Install packages > From local file.

The package needs to be installed from within R, so running ./configure manually is discouraged. You should be using install.packages() instead.

  • I downloaded the .tar.gz. and ran ./configure. and then i am stuck.. – priyanka Feb 17 '14 at 10:33
  • Don't do that. Read again my solution, and try that. – landroni Feb 17 '14 at 10:43
  1. first download the package off the following URL into, say, ~/Downloads


  2. type "R" in shell/terminal

    $ sudo R
  3. Type in the following command:

    install.packages("~/Downloads/e1071_1.6-6.tar.gz", repos = NULL, type = "source")

    N.B. This installs the package into default library. To see the default library in R type in




    the site library is repoted by:


    To avoid installation into the default library (/usr/lib/R/library) you may insteas type in:

    install.packages("~/Downloads/e1071_1.6-6.tar.gz", repos = NULL, type = "source", lib="/your-prefered-path/")
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    NOTE: in general, you do not need sudo to install R packages. Starting R as regular user (just R, not sudo R) is sufficient. You'll be prompted to install packages to a personal library. – amc Jun 14 '16 at 14:56

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