[Bioc-devel] friezed pop-up windows in affylmGUI

Dan Tenenbaum dtenenba at fhcrc.org
Thu Jan 12 19:49:58 CET 2012

Hi Raffaele,

On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 1:09 AM, rcaloger <raffaele.calogero at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am the maintainer of oneChannelGUI. I am observing a strange behavior of
> pop-up windows generated by my package and by affylmGUI.
> For example if I execute the set working directory command under affylmGUI
> from affylmGUI menu or by as line command: SetWD()
> and I repeat it 10 times I get at least ones that the pop-up window freezes
> and I cannot delete it or writing in it, unless I maximize the pop-up window
> and then I can see, in the upper-left corner of the screen, the regular
> window and I can interact with it. It seems like that tcl window every
> sometimes opens up not in the right screen coordinates and, unless you
> visualize it on full screen, you are unable to interact with it.
> This is quite erratic but frequent event, not only for the SetWD() function
> but in general for tcl windows in affylmGUI and oneChannelGUI. I tried to
> see if something like this happen also in the example of tkWidgets but I
> could not obtain the behavior I observed in the above mentioned packages.
> I have observed this criticality only in windows 7 and never in linux.
> This suggests me tha tthe problem might be linked to the tcl/tk libraries
> embedded R windows installation.
> I would like to see if the problems I am observing are also present in case
> an external version of tcl/tk libs is used. There is any command to force R
> to use external tcl/tk, e.g. and installation of active tcl/tk?
> Any suggestion to solve the problem I encountered is very welcome, since the
> use of the interface is getting very boring if you need to maximize pop-up
> every sometime.

I don't know the answer to your question, but why not use
It seems to work well, unlike the existing dialog (I see the same
behavior that you do) and looks to be better integrated with the
native OS directory chooser dialog.


> Cheers
> Raffaele
>  P.S. I observed the problem on a locally compiled version of R under
> windows and also downloading the latest R 2.14.1 for windows
>> sessionInfo()
> R version 2.14.0 (2011-10-31)
> Platform: x86_64-pc-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)
> locale:
> [1] LC_COLLATE=Italian_Italy.1252  LC_CTYPE=Italian_Italy.1252
> [3] LC_MONETARY=Italian_Italy.1252 LC_NUMERIC=C
> [5] LC_TIME=Italian_Italy.1252
> attached base packages:
> [1] tcltk     stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods
> [8] base
> other attached packages:
> [1] affylmGUI_1.28.0 affyio_1.22.0    affy_1.32.0      Biobase_2.14.0
> [5] limma_3.10.0
> loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
> [1] BiocInstaller_1.2.1   preprocessCore_1.16.0 zlibbioc_1.0.0
> --
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