Installing ggplot2 with R on Ubuntu

Had an issue installing the ggplot2 library for making a few graphs using R. I ran into a snag when I opened up the R console and tried to install the library, getting an error:

  > install.packages("ggplot2")
  install.packages("ggplot2") : package ‘plyr’ is not available

Turns out, Ubuntu has an older version of R than the latest ggplot requires, so, I had to pull down and install R from source. Not too hard, you can get the source at The Comprehensive R Archive Network

Installing from source is as simple as the standard:

  make -j8
  sudo make install

where -j8 is taking advantage of the quad-core processor in my machine.