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R bookdown on mac El Capitan

Was excited to see R bookdown from Yuhui Xe of RStudio, but when I tried to get started, I ran into a problem.

I am using (mac) OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and when I tried to “build the book”, I got the following error:

xelatex: command not found.

I realized I never installed LaTex on my mac, so I tried to download MacTex 2016 from the main site, but that link did not download the package for me! It just displayed some text response.

Looking at MacTex FAQ, I found the mirror site. I could then download the package from one of the mirrors close to me. The size of the package was 2.7 GB. With that I installed LaTex.

There is one more step required though. We need to set the PATH variable. I edited my ~/.bashrc and added /Library/TeX/texbin to it. Then I restarted RStudio. I was then able to build the book 🙂

Connect to Oracle Database from R on mac

This is a follow-up post of this Connect to Oracle from R by Ankit Agarwal. I tried to add a comment to his blog, but the formatting was all messed up, so thought of writing it up here more for my own reference.

Just adding how to connect to Oracle DB from R on a mac. I am on El Capitan version 10.11.3.

We will use RJDBC here. First part is to figure out how to find and set JAVA_HOME.

Run this command from command line:

ls -l $(which java)

If this doesn’t output anything, then you need to install Java. Go to the Java SDK download page and download the dmg file for Mac for the latest Java SDK. Then install Java by double clicking the dmg file.

In my case, this outputs:

lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  74 Jan 13  2016 /usr/bin/java -> /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/Current/Commands/java

Please scroll right to see the symbolic link. You want to note down the part up to JavaVM.framework to use in R script i.e. /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework in my case. This will be set to JAVA_HOME in our script. (You can also set the environment variable JAVA_HOME using .bashrc if you want.)

Download ojdbc JAR as mentioned in the main post. I just downloaded ojdbc6.jar and stored it in my home directory.

That’s all you need to install.

Then try the following from R, which is just the code given in the main post with slight modifications:

# install RJDBC if not done already

# Set JAVA_HOME to what we found out before
jHome <- '/System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework'

# Output Java version
print(.jcall("java/lang/System", "S", "getProperty", 

# Load RJDBC library

# Create connection driver and open connection
jdbcDriver <- JDBC(driverClass="oracle.jdbc.OracleDriver", 

# db connection details; please fill in yours
dbHost  <- "xx"
dbPort  <- "xx"
srvName <- "xx"
dbUser  <- "xx"
dbPass  <- "xx"

conStr <- paste("jdbc:oracle:thin:@//", dbHost, ":", dbPort, 
                "/", srvName, sep = "")
jdbcConnection <- dbConnect(jdbcDriver, conStr, 
                            dbUser, dbPass)

# Query to get count of a table; replace YOUR_TABLE
dbGetQuery(jdbcConnection, "select count(*) 
           from <YOUR_TABLE>")

# Close connection