Support for geospatial R packages on the RCE is currently shaky at best. There are work-arounds, but they can be error-prone and are easy to break. You may wish to use another system for your geospatial work in R for the time being. Read on if you wish to try some work-arounds in order to install and run rgdal and other geospatial R packges on the RCE.
The basic issue The system GDAL library is too old, but cannot be updated beause other software depends on it. As a work-around we compiled GDAL 2.1.1 and made it available at
When launching Jupyter Notebook from Anaconda Navigator, you will receive an error if you already have a Firefox browser session running in the RCE. This will prevent Firefox from starting, but your Jupter Notebook session will still be running.
We uncovered a Stata bug where the application will overwrite output with zero byte content when you reach maximum quota. Please be aware of your quota status and expected output size before running a Stata job. HMDC has submitted a bug report to Stata and their developers are working on a fix.
Yes, but access is limited to within the RCE only. Create or log in to your NX session and navigate to phpmyadmin.hmdc.harvard.edu. Log in to phpMyAdmin using your database credentials. Make sure the proper host is selected in the drop down. If you don't know your host, check the email that was sent to you when you requested the database.