R 1.2.3 for MacOS/X available

Stefano Iacus stefano.iacus at unimi.it
Sat Apr 28 17:24:55 CEST 2001

 From release 1.2.3, R can run different Macintosh platforms.

Two versions are currently available that are non concurrent.

One version runs on MacOS Systems from 8.6 to 9.1 and MacOSX using the 
standard MacOS/MacOSX interface, that means that is behaves like any 
usual Macintosh application. (This is mantained by Stefano M. Iacus)

The other version is a Darwin/X11 that means a Unix-like version taking 
advantages of the X11 server (to be installed separately) and of the BSD 
kernel of MacOS X. (This version is mantained by Jan de Leeuw).

About the Carbon version
This new version of R fixes may bugs of the previous Macintosh release 
and adopt Apple's Carbon technology to let R run natively under both 
MacOS 8.6 to 9.1 and MacOS X. This means that under MacOS X when you 
double click on the R icon, the System no longer launches the Classic 
Compatibility environment. Under MacOS X the Carbon R take advantages of 
the new Aqua look/interface and memory management.

More informations on this version can be found at:


You can download the carbon distribution at:


About the Darwin/X11 version
There are two builds for Mac OS X, more precisely for Darwin/X11, of the 
R-patched and R-devel distributions of 04/14/01.

They were build using the native cc compiler, with help from f2c, 
dlcompat, libjpeg, libpng, libz, OS X versions of tcl/tk., and Tenon's 
Xtools distribution.

The dynamic libraries you need are included, except for the X11 
libraries, which you have to install anyway along with an X11 server.

In order to install one of these builds, su root, move to /, and unpack. 
Everything installs in /usr/local/lib, except for the R driver which 
goes to /usr/local/bin. The R-devel tarball contains most of the 
contributed R packages.

You can find this distribution on Jan's page :


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