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Reijo Sund
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Survo R is distributed as a collection of R packages. The only mandatory package to use Survo R is muste that is a standard R package and it can be installed as any other R package. Once package is installed, just enter the command library(muste) and if you want to launch the editor enter the command survo().

However, in order to avoid common pitfalls we recommend installation in the following way. First check notes for your system below and perform required actions as suggested. Then continue to Survo R installation part at the end.

Notes for Windows users

There is a separate all-in-one installation file available that contains all you need to use Survo R in Windows (R, Ghostscript, all Survo R components and other suggested R packages). To use this option, follow the separate instructions.

Otherwise, make sure that you have installed R version 3.0.1 or higher on your computer. We strongly suggest that you install R under some user owned location, such as C:\R\. During the installation, choose customized startup options and select SDI (separate windows interface). After installation, follow the general instructions below.

Notes for Mac OS X users

First make sure that your operating system is up-to-date (Apple menu - System update)!

Install R version 3.0.1 or higher to your computer using the default options of the installer (you need the Tcl/Tk components, so don't uncheck them). For R 3.1.0 it is recommended to use Snow Leopard binary installation package even with Mavericks.

You also need to install XQuartz from Download the disk image (dmg) file for XQuartz. When you open this file by double-clicking on it, you'll find XQuartz.pkg; double-click on it to run the installer, clicking through all the defaults. After the installation is ready, it is recommended to restart your computer.

It is likely that you would like to change the default key bindings of the function keys F1-F12 while using Survo R. To do that, open your System Preferences and select Keyboard. Select "Keyboard" tab and make sure that the box next to "Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys as normal" is checked. In addition, switch to "Keyboard Shortcuts" tab, select "Expose and Spaces" and uncheck the bindings of F8-F11 keys.

After all this, follow the general instructions below.

Notes for Linux users

Install R version 3.0.1 or higher to your system. Follow the general instructions below to install Survo R. It is strongly suggested that you install Survo R related stuff into a user package library under home directory so that the use of Survo R is possible without running R as root.

Install Survo R

Make sure that you have access to internet, Start R and execute the following command:

This will install Survo R and other related packages as well as provide autoupdate feature for these packages. If you have problems with installation, please check frequently asked questions. If problem persists, please post a message describing your problem to the forum.